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MEDIA RELEASE - Dartmoor Primary walks to success

14 February 2019

Dartmoor Primary School students have walked and strolled their way to success as part of Walk to School month in the Glenelg Shire.

Dartmoor Primary School have received the title of Walk to School winners after earning the highest participation rate in the shire, with an impressive 82.86 per cent student participation rate in the program through the month of October in 2018.

Merino Consolidated School had the next highest participation rate, followed by Bolwarra Primary School, proving that the shire’s smallest communities were the most engaged in the program.

The VicHealth Walk to School campaign encourages primary school students across Victoria to walk to and from school during October. More than 746 schools participated in the program last year, with 147,776 individual students undertaking a walk, scooter or bike ride during the month long campaign.

Mayor Cr Anita Rank congratulated Dartmoor Primary School upon their success.

“Every student at Dartmoor Primary participated in the Walk to School program during October. It is outstanding achievement and a great example of community spirit to see the entire school taking on the month long challenge together,” she said.

“The students walked a combined total of 500km, with nearly 700 individual walks registered. For a school of just 21 students, the results speak for themselves. The Dartmoor community should be incredibly proud of their efforts.”

For their winning efforts Dartmoor Primary School received the $2000 grand prize, which was put towards the purchase of new bicycles which will assist their students to continue the healthy habits they formed during the walk to school month.

Mayor Cr Rank also commended the efforts of the other 13 local schools that participated in Walk to School month in 2018.

“We have been pleased to see record local participation in Walk to School Month, with 1127 students in the Glenelg Shire taking part. Every school and student taking part is a winner, and we encourage everyone to keep the momentum going in 2019,” she said.

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