Tiny primary climbs aboard Walking Bus
IT was no uphill struggle for pupils at Brook Primary School when they joined a KM Walking Bus. Despite the presence of a steep hill on the way to the school, 28 children from the 70-pupil primary have joined the walkto-school scheme, which runs four days a week. They were helped by a generous donation from the Britannia Building Society, which gave £500 from its community fund towards the cost of the fluorescent tabards worn by pupils on the walking bus. Britannia community fund manager Elaine Clews said: “This is a very worthwhile project which Britannia is delighted to support. “It is important that the children and volunteers are safe when they are walking to and from school, and the tabards will ensure they are all clearly visible.” Teacher Nathalie Hockey helped the scheme get off the ground. Its official launch on Thursday was attended by representatives from walking bus sponsors including Ringway, the Co-op, P&O and Britannia. Walking bus co-ordinator Kerry Jones, whose daughter Ellen, six, uses the bus, said: “The children really enjoy walking together and chatting to their friends. “It gives them a chance to get some fresh air each day. “Before the scheme started most of them travelled all the way in by car.” As well as the Kentish Express, the KM Walking Bus, which is a Kent County Council-led scheme, is backed by Denne Construction, AXA PPP healthcare, Veolia and Pfizer.
Children, parents and sponsors at the launch of Brook Primary School’s walking bus, which runs four times a week