Green travel heroes from across Kent and Medway have been honoured at the KM Walk to School Awards.
Schools which have shown an active commitment to green travel – which includes walking cycling and scooting – nominated the staff and volunteers who enable it to happen at the grass roots level.
The Kent-wide Top Walking Bus Award went to Leybourne St Peter and Paul Primary. The Top Team Award went to Rainham’s Thames View Primary School crew of Lisa Govier, Natalie Norridge, Liane Hunt and Sarah Horne.
Top Walk on Wednesday (WOW) School Award went to Dover’s Langdon Primary, and Top Volunteer Award went to Sara Lally from Benenden Primary.
“As well as reducing congestion at the school gates, walking to school creates a healthier environment and lifestyle,” said KM Walk to School chief executive Simon Dolby. “Our schemes include daily walking buses, Walk on Wednesday (WOW) and Active Bug, which is for pupils who simply walk to school as often as they can. These awards recognise the dedication and commitment that goes into running them on a day-to-day basis by parents and staff.”
The audience was entertained by a performance from Featherby Infant School, winners of our Walk to School Song Contest. They sung their own version of the song Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah with lyrics including: ‘We take care when we are walking, for the roads are busy and the traffic makes us dizzy.’
The ceremony on Tuesday, February 11 was held at Canterbury’s Gulbenkian Theatre and sponsored by KCC, Babybel, Specsavers, Countrystyle, Orbit South, Golding Homes, Southern Water, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Leeds Castle, and The Co-operative.
Music at the ceremony was provided by Independent Music Productions, and programmes by D. Isom Printers.
Support also came from Jelf Insurance, Kent People’s Trust, Jelf Insurance and Clancy Docwra.
The full list of winning schools includes: The Gateway Primary, Stone St Mary’s Primary, Cecil Road Primary and Meopham Community Academy from Gravesend and Dartford; High Halstow Primary, Thames View Primary and St Andrew’s School from Medway; Joy Lane Primary from Whitstable; Langdon Primary School from Dover; Minster Primary and St Joseph’s Catholic Primary from Thanet; St Francis Catholic Primary from Maidstone; Queenborough School from Sheppey; Ightham Primary, Slade Primary, Leybourne Primary from Tonbridge and Malling; Hawkhurst Primary and Benenden Primary from Tunbridge Wells; Aldington Primary and High Halden Primary from Ashford.