Tiny pri­mary climbs aboard Walk­ing Bus

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

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.

Pic­ture Gary Browne pd1159515

Chil­dren, par­ents and spon­sors at the launch of Brook Pri­mary School’s walk­ing bus, which runs four times a week

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