TravelSmart to School WA

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For this term’s profile we interviewed Kath Merrick our TravelSmart champion from Caralee and Phoenix Primary Schools.

What are some memorable moments coordinating activities?

There are so may magic memories and happy children’s’ faces flash by, so it’s hard to choose a favourite moment. Perhaps it was when, after much pestering, the school Principal and Deputy recognised the many benefits of having TravelSmart students and supported us joining the program.

How did you come to be involved with TravelSmart?

I heard about TravelSmart through a Living Smart course, then signed up my kids’ school for WA’s Walk to School Day in 2011.

How often do you walk/cycle?

I walk every day with my gorgeous dog Bonnie. I cycle to the train station most days in autumn and spring.

What are the highlights of the year so far?

A Transperth excursion to help students at my son’s high school catch buses and trains to/from the CBD (the school moved into the city in Term 3), now 100 per cent of the students are TravelSmart.

We also had a trial bike ride tour to show kids the best route to travel by bike to their new high school campus in the CBD.

What are you passionate about?

Nurturing independent and resilient kids. I’m so proud of my 11 and 14 year old kids, who are independent travellers and very comfortable with walking, cycling or catching public transport to school every day. I also love sustainability and reducing our household’s carbon emissions.

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