Schools show passion for green travel

Sarah Leipnik of Golding Homes presents green travel platinum pledge certificates to school staff from Churcill School, Hawkinge, Charing Primary School and Furley Park Primary, Ashford.

Sarah Leipnik of Golding Homes presents green travel platinum pledge certificates to school staff from Churcill School, Hawkinge, Charing Primary School and Furley Park Primary, Ashford.

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Schools across Kent have pledged to promote green travel to cut traffic and air pollution levels as well as improve pupils’ fitness.

More than 80 schools in the region were presented with their green pledge certificates at the KM Charity Team Forum are promising to promote walking, cycling, scooter use or Park and Stride for the next three years.

Alison Nightingale from 3Rs teacher recruitment presents green travel Platinum Pledge certificates to school staff from Hampton Primary School, Chartham Primary School, Dame Janet Primary Academy and Cliftonville Primary School.

Alison Nightingale from 3Rs teacher recruitment presents green travel Platinum Pledge certificates to school staff from Hampton Primary School, Chartham Primary School, Dame Janet Primary Academy and Cliftonville Primary School.

The impact of the walk to school campaign in the county has been considerable with 270,000 school-run car journeys removed from the county’s roads last academic year.

Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team said that the equivalent volume of CO2 removed from the environment weighed the same as 10 times the weight of Big Ben or 1,000 sumo wrestlers.

He praised schools in the county for their commitment to the green travel campaign and said it was not too late for schools to join this academic year.

He said: “This year we are using the new version of Walk on Wednesday which is called Super Wow! and we still have some of the resource boxes available for schools wanting to hop on board.”

The campaign is supported by Kent County Council, Medway Council, the London Borough of Bexley, Eurostar, 3Rs teacher recruitment, Ashford Borough Council, Maidstone Borough Council, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Gallaghers Aggregates, Specsavers, Bel UK, Whitefriars, Golding Homes and Orbit.

Schools wanting to find out about Super Wow! or businesses wanting to sponsor a local school to use the scheme should view www.kmwalktoschool.co.uk or email Mr Dolby on sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk

Pledge schools

Canterbury area: St Peter’s Methodist Primary School, Canterbury, Joy Lane, Whitstable, Chartham Primary School, Hampton Primary School.

Medway: Copperfield Academy, Delce Infant School, Hoo St Werburgh Primary School, Walderslade Primary School, Bligh Infant School, Bligh Junior School, Greenvale Infant School, High Halstow Primary School, St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Primary, Rainham, St Benedict’s Catholic Primary, Medway, St Thomas More Catholic Primary School.

Swale: Richmond Academy, Bapchild & Tonge Primary School, Halfway Houses Primary School, Hartlip Endowed CE Primary School, Iwade Community Primary School, Kemsley Primary Academy, Lower Halstow School, Newington CEP School (Swale), Ospringe CEP School, Queenborough Primary School & Nursery, Rose Street Primary School, South Avenue Primary School, St Edward’s Catholic Primary School (Sheerness), St Peter’s Catholic Primary School, Sittingbourne, Tunstall CE (Aided) School, Westlands Primary School, Sittingbourne, West Minster Primary School.

Ashford: Aldington Primary School, Charing C of E Primary School, Furley Park Primary School, Great Chart Primary School, John Mayne CEP School, Kingsnorth Primary School, The John Wesley Primary School.

Dartford: Joydens Wood Infant School, Langafel CE Primary School, Lawn Primary School, Maypole Primary School, New Ash Green Primary School, Stone St Marys CEP School, The Gateway Primary Academy.

Dover: Ash, Cartwright & Kelsey CEP School, Eastry CE Primary School, Langdon Primary School, Sandwich Junior School.

Gravesend: Chantry Community Academy, Shears Green Infant School, Wrotham Road Primary School.

Maidstone: Archbishop Courtenay CE Primary School, Kingswood Primary School, Loose Primary School, Park Way Primary School, Senacre Wood Primary School, St Francis Catholic Primary School, St John’s CEP School, Maidstone, Thurnham CE Infant School, Ulcombe CEP School; Sevenoaks: Seal Primary School.

Folkestone: Lyminge CE Primary School, Mundella Primary School,  The Churchill School.

Thanet: Birchington CE Primary School, Cliftonville Primary School, Dame Janet Primary Academy, Garlinge Primary School & Nursery, Palm Bay Primary School, St Crispin’s Infant School, St Mildred’s Primary Infant School.

Tonbridge and Malling: Sussex Road Community Primary School, West Malling CEP School.

Tunbridge Wells: Bishops Down Primary School, Broadwater Down Primary School, Pembury School, Goudhurst & Kilndown CE Primary School.

 

 

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