Green travel winners off to wildlife park

Valley Invicta Primary’s Herons Class with Palma Black of Atkins

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Children from an Aylesford primary will get to see animals including wolves, otters and elk after winning a green travel challenge.

Herons class at Valley Invicta Primary came top in a walk-to-school challenge operated by green travel scheme Super Wow.

Their participation in Super Wow was made possible by funding from Highways England and engineering firms Jacobs, Atkins and Kier.

And they were presented with vouchers to Wildwood animal park, as well as a copy of Anthony Cooper’s eco-themed children’s book The Curious Tale of the Dodo, at a special assembly by Palma Black of Atkins.

The assembly took place on Children in Need Day on Friday November 16, and the pupils came specially dressed in spotty clothes or pyjamas to mark the occasion.

Super Wow is run by the KM Charity team, and its supporters include by Maidstone and Kent councils, Orbit and Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes).

It encourages families to walk to school, with classes competing each week to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy. A monthly inter-school green travel challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.

KM Charity Team chief executive Simon Dolby said: “Many congratulations to Herons Class. The children did amazingly well to achieve so many green-travel miles, and they have really set an excellent example for other classes to follow.

“I hope they have a fantastic day out at Wildwood.”

More children at the primary will be celebrating soon, with copies of The Curious Tale of the Dodo going to Valley Invicta’s Green Class of the Week in each of the next two weeks.

Schools can sign up to Super Wow by contacting Sarah Clyne at sclyne@thekmgroup.co.uk or by visiting www.KmCharityTeam.co.uk/Wow.

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