It's fun to smile on a school run
WALKING, talking, sunshine, and smiles all round.
This was what around 20 parents of Elliston Primary School students enjoyed yesterday as parents gathered for a special event to mark National Walk To School Week (May 21-52) and National Smiling Month (May 20 to June 20).
The sun came out and they enjoyed a summery temperature of 19°C while they walked from the school to the boating lake for an event which was organised to strengthen relationships between the school and its pupils' parents.
Dena Shields, parents support adviser for Elliston Primary, said it is one of many events which are helping to create a real community spirit around the school. We are trying to engage parents and get them more involved with the school.
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"There's a community forming around the school which is better for the parents and the children.
"This has been a great event as there are a few new faces here. Getting kids to walk to school is a good way to get them out in the fresh air, motivated and ready to learn."
And parents seemed to agree. Rebecca McGregor, 40, of Brereton Avenue, walks to school with her son Leo, 6.
"It's a ten minute walk but he really enjoys it as he is quite sporty and energetic."
Suzanne Jervis, 32, of Fuller Street, said: "We go in the car if it is raining but otherwise we always walk.
"Doing a bit of exercise before school wakes the kids up and refreshes them."
Yesterday's Walk And Talk event was not the first arranged by Dena and won't be the last.
Find out more
The Friends of Elliston group of 16 parents do regular fundraising and the school will hold its own Walk To School Week in June.
To get involved with events for parents, call Dena on 01472 235116. Send your Cleethorpes news to James, by calling 01472 372236 or e-mailing email@example.com