Green travel win­ners en­joy day at the cas­tle

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Points Of View -

Pupils from Fur­ley Park Pri­mary in Ash­ford got the star treat­ment at a prize-giv­ing cer­e­mony for walk-to-school win­ners.

Bern­ers class were an­nounced dis­trict win­ners of a KM Char­ity Team green travel con­test.

The chal­lenge was open to schools tak­ing part in the KM Walk to School cam­paign, and en­cour­aged as many pupils as pos­si­ble to use eco-friendly travel.

Pupils Saif Alubaidi and Lexie Wil­son, both seven, at­tended an event staged at Leeds Cas­tle, Maid­stone, to col­lect the class prize of a framed certificate and child en­try tick­ets to the cas­tle.

Si­mon Dolby of the KM Char­ity Team said: “Bern­ers class are de­serv­ing win­ners for cham­pi­oning the walk to school and reap­ing the ben­e­fits of reg­u­lar ex­er­cise.”

The KM Char­ity Team run green travel ser­vices for schools in­clud­ing Ac­tive Wow and Green Foot­steps.

Green travel has soared to an all-time high thanks to the heroic ef­forts of pupils tak­ing part in the KM Walk to School cam­paign.

More than 318,000 school-run car jour­neys have been re­moved from the county’s roads this year, smash­ing last year’s fig­ure of 272,650.

Fam­i­lies have notched up 700,000 green jour­neys this aca­demic year through walk­ing, cy­cling, scooter­ing, or opt­ing to park and stride to school.

Or­gan­i­sa­tions back­ing the KM Walk to School cam­paign in­clude Kent County Coun­cil, Bel UK, Coun­trystyle Re­cy­cling, Spec­savers and Eurostar.

The re­sources for the Ac­tive Wow green travel scheme in­clude stick­ers, charts, and a class-of-the-week tro­phy as well as ma­jor prizes for in­ter-school chal­lenges. Schools also re­ceive self-eval­u­a­tion ev­i­dence for Of­sted. Bonus ini­tia­tives in­clude fun on­line road-safety skill tests help­ing pupils to be­come safer pedes­tri­ans.

Schools can join Ac­tive Wow for the 20172018 aca­demic year by vis­it­ing kmwalk­ or email­ing Sarah Clyne at sclyne@thek­m­

Pic­ture: Martin Apps FM4847406

Lexie Wil­son and Saif Alubaidi from Fur­ley Park Pri­mary, re­ceive their class’s Chal­lenge Day win­ners’ cer­tifi­cates at Leeds Cas­tle

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