The forecourt at Naenae Primary was abuzz with grins and brightly decorated whizzing wheels yesterday as the school celebrated its first year participating in Movin’March. Organised by Greater Wellington Regional Council with support from Hutt City Council, Movin’March is a month long celebration of active travel to and from school. Tamariki at the school have been walking and wheeling up a storm this month with each trip earning them a stamp on their walk or wheel passports. With Avanti vouchers up for grabs – the kids have been eager to get in as many trips in as they can.
Around a hundred students and whanau turned out to the event which featured a sausage sizzle and decorate your wheels competition. Tinsel, streamers, capes and a stuffed unicorn could be spotted amongst the merry crowd of tamariki who proudly showcased their creative mahi while zipping around an obstacle course.
Parent, Aroha was there with a number of her whanau. “It's awesome to have our kids get out there on their bikes or scooters and walking, as well as learning a lot of things on our way to school. Also learning what to do and what not to do when crossing the roads. My kids love it, it gets them out there. Movin’March is awesome and once it's over we will still be doing what we do which is walking/biking and scootering.”
Naenae Primary stalwart, Antoinette Van Reel jumped at the chance to introduce Movin’March to the school when she saw it advertised on Facebook. ‘I’m happy to lead any project that will get our kids moving. We’re super keen to keep up the momentum, so are fundraising for a bike track to be built through the Bikes in Schools programme. If anyone in our community is keen to support this, get in touch!