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On Friday 20th May The Broadwalk Centre presented Edgware Primary School with 50 high-visibility vests to enable their pupils to walk to school safely on the pavements of Barnet's busy roads.
The donation followed the shopping centre's sponsorship of Edgware Primary School for National Walk to School Week, which took place from 16th – 20th May, and saw all of their 640 pupils taking part in a national charity's campaign to get children walking more.
Walk to School Week is an initiative run by the UK's charity for everyday walking, Living Streets, to help reverse the decline in walking to school. Since the 1970s, the amount of primary school children walking to school has almost halved.
The school was provided with KS1 and KS2 packs, courtesy of The Broadwalk Centre, to help get pupils walking. Each pack contained everything needed for the school and their pupils to take part in the five-day walking challenge, including a classroom wall chart, teacher and pupil wall chart stickers, pupil activity diaries, pupil rewards magnets and teacher instructions.
Angela Brooks, Centre Manager of The Broadwalk Centre, said:
"We were delighted to sponsor Edgware Primary School for Walk to School Week and provide them with the high-visibility vests. We live in a society where driving a car or jumping onto public transport is so easy, especially as we are based in a London borough, so this was a great opportunity to help keep local children in our community active and reduce the town's pollution."
Joe Irvin, Chief Executive at Living Streets, added:
"It was wonderful to see The Broadwalk Centre generously supporting children in its local community.
"The majority of children are not getting their recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise. At Living Streets, we know that encouraging more children to walk to school is one of the best places to start – for now and for the future.
"Walking to school is a free and easy way for children to build exercise into their day. Plus, physically active children are more alert and ready to learn."