Wow! Get your kids walk­ing to school

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A lead­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive used by 140 schools to tackle child obe­sity and traf­fic jams has had a ma­jor makeover.

The walk to school scheme Walk on Wed­nes­day (Wow) has been rein­vented as Ac­tive Wow for the com­ing aca­demic year and now has a new crew of car­toon char­ac­ters, led by Buster Bug, to pro­mote it in schools.

The scheme’s re­source ma­te­ri­als, ac­tiv­i­ties and com­pe­ti­tions pro­mote walk­ing or cy­cling to school, and prizes up for grabs in­clude tick­ets to lead­ing Kent at­trac­tions and story-time ses­sions with celebri­ties such as CBee­bies star Phil ‘Mister Maker’ Gallagher.

Eight pri­mary schools across the dis­trict are tak­ing part, in­clud­ing Beaver Green, winners of the spring Leeds Cas­tle walk to school chal­lenge, as well as Ald­ing­ton, Fur­ley Park, Kingsnorth and John Mayne CE Pri­mary.

Al­to­gether, 40,000 chil­dren and fam­i­lies use Wow to get to school, gen­er­at­ing 600,000 green jour­neys and re­mov­ing 250,000 school-run car jour­neys from Kent roads each year.

To find out more or down­load an in­for­ma­tion brochure, visit kmwalk­

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