Pupils ready to walk their way to school for annual event

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PARENTS are being encouraged to swap their car for their walking boots.

Walk to School Week takes place all week from Monday and schools across Fareham, Gosport and Havant are taking part.

More than 90,000 school children across Hampshire will put into practice good pedestrian road safety behaviour. All children taking part in Walk to School Week will receive a log book, certificate and stickers.

Walk to School Week is the initiative of national charity Living Streets. According to the charity parents who walk their children to school say they find the journey to school less stressful, their petrol bill goes down, their children perform better at school and both they and their children feel healthier and fitter.

It can also be beneficial in helping children develop life long road safety skills.

This year, 8,435 pupils will take part in Fareham, 5,995 in Gosport and 7,705 in Havant.