Win­ners take small steps to greener fu­ture

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OFF THE RECORD -

KM GREEN Foot­steps Chal­lenge win­ners have been pre­sented with their tro­phies and free tick­ets to Leeds Cas­tle.

More than 25 pri­mary schools in Kent have signed up to take part in this term’s Green Foot­steps Chal­lenge with the win­ners pre­sented with their tro­phies this week.

KM Green Foot­steps Chal­lenge Day was held in Fe­bru­ary and the classes that had the high­est num­ber of chil­dren walk­ing to school that day in each area of the county were named win­ners and awarded tro­phies and prize pack­ages.

Or­gan­ised by a part­ner­ship of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Kent County Coun­cil, Med­way Coun­cil and the Walk­ing Bus Project, the trio have cre­ated an ex­cit­ing scheme to re­ward chil­dren who are walked to school by their par­ents.

The scheme works with chil­dren re­ceiv­ing stick­ers when they reach set mile­stones for the num­ber of times they walk to school. The class is then re­warded with an ex­cit­ing class-based ac­tiv­ity based on a dif­fer­ent Kent land­mark or at­trac­tion, pro­vid­ing suf­fi­cient pupils have ditched the school run and walked to school. Land­marks fea­tur­ing in the pack in­clude Leeds Cas­tle, Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral and Blue­wa­ter. The scheme is also sup­ported by HSBC, Jade Ap­peal, Co-op and Chatham Mar­itime Trust.

Leeds Cas­tle is sup­port­ing the re­ward el­e­ment of the scheme and will do­nate two free child en­try tick­ets to ev­ery child in classes that win the walk to school chal­lenge for their area.

HSBC has pro­vided £10,000 in fund­ing, part of which has been spent to buy a Walk­ing Bug char­ac­ter cos­tume to use at events and pre­sen­ta­tions. This was used for the first time at the pre­sen­ta­tion to Class 3 at St Peter’s School, Folkestone, who were the win­ners in the Ash­ford and Folkestone area with 96 per cent of chil­dren walk­ing to school on the chal­lenge day.

Jackie Cham­bers, from the Green Foot­steps team, said: “We are very ex­cited as the feed­back we have had so far re­veals that Green Foot­steps is hav­ing a very pos­i­tive in­flu­ence on the vol­ume of school-run traf­fic af­fect­ing Kent’s streets.”

Schools keen to join the Green Foot­steps scheme for the start of the Septem­ber term need to con­tact the Green Foot­steps team on 01227 825383, e-mail green­foot­ste ps@kent­walk­ing­bus.org or view www.ken­ton­line.co.uk/char­ity for in­for­ma­tion.

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Teacher Kevin Simp­son and pupils at St Peter’s School, Folkestone, cel­e­brate win­ning the KM Green Foot­steps Chal­lenge tro­phy for the Ash­ford and Folkestone area

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