Excited youngsters at a Bexley primary school have enjoyed a storytelling visit from a TV presenter as a reward for their environmental efforts.
Joanna Adeyinka-Burford, who presents The Let’s Go Club on CBeebies, read two stories to the morning nursery class at Peareswood Primary School in Erith.
The pupils won the treat through their heroic efforts in a walk to school competition run by the KM Charity Team, which operates green travel services for schools in Kent, Medway, Bexley, and Bromley. They were crowned the best in Bexley after every single child walked, cycled or scooted to the school in Peareswood Road on the competition day, Wednesday, October 18.
Joanna, who has also appeared in Doctors and Little Britain, read two stories to the children: Sue Hendra’s Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat, and David McKee’s Elmer.
She said: “It’s been so good to be here at Peareswood School today. The nursery class have been fantastic – walking, scooting, cycling and getting involved in the green travel campaign.
“If you do the same thing, I could be coming to your school next time!”
Simon Dolby, the chief executive of the KM Charity Team which runs services including Active Wow (Walk on Wednesday) and Green Footsteps, explained: “Another big part of our work is our literacy scheme Buster’s Book Club in which we often have celebrity story time as a prize – and the children love it so much that it made sense to extend it to our green travel schools.
“Buster’s Book Club works in much the same way – classes and schools compete with each other to see who can do the most reading at home, with trophies, books, tickets to nearby attractions and more on offer as rewards.”
Buster’s Book Club runs throughout the calendar year, so there’s still time for schools who are interested to sign up for next year before the deadline of December 16. Active Wow and Green Footsteps are open all year round.
The KM Charity’s work is supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Ashford Borough Council, Countrystyle Recycling, Eurostar, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Orbit housing association, Golding Homes, Bel UK, Kent Libraries, Specsavers, Kent Reliance, Gallagher Aggregates, Volker Highways, London Borough of Bexley, Cornwallis East Kent Freemasons’ Charity, Whitefriars, Swale Borough Council, and Canterbury City Council.
Find out more about green travel by contacting contact Sarah Clyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0844 264 0291. For information on the home reading scheme Buster’s Book Club, visit www.bustersbookclub.co.uk