The children and staff of Knockconan NS participated in the Schools Park and Stride
programme on Wednesday, April 25th 2018 when they all travelled on foot from St.
Mellan’s to their school in the Blackwater Centre. The health benefits gained from
walking have grown in importance in recent years. Years ago children had little alternative
to walking to and from school and it was also much safer than it is today. However
the present generation of young people is missing out on the exercise and health
benefits gained from the daily walk to and from school and this needs to be gained
through other types of activity. The safety factor must really be taken into the
equation as it requires constant vigilance, even for adults, to walk in safety along
the roadways, main or otherwise, due to the heavy traffic using those same roads.
All safety precautions were taken on Wednesday as the walking area was coned off,
the Gardai were present to slow and warn traffic, and the staff were interspersed
and ever vigilant of a straying child. All reached school safely and feeling good
from the exercise and the fresh air and, who knows, it might give some of them a
liking for exercise and walking.