Winners take small steps to greener future
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or view www.kentonline.co.uk/charity for information.
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