Praise for children who walked to school

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MORE than 5,000 pupils from almost 200 different classes in Portsmouth joined in with Walk to School Week.

The event was held last week and was run by walking charity Living Streets.

Chief executive Joe Irwin said: ‘We’d like to thank everyone in Portsmouth who contributed to making it a success.

‘We know that schools become healthier and happier places when children walk to school. Teachers tell us that pupils who walk to school are more alert and ready to learn than those who are driven, plus when children walk to school there is less congestion and pollution.’