Walking and reading: a winning combination for schools

Silver Blades Ice Rink, Ambley Road, Gillingham. Walk to School and Literacy Challenge winners. All schools. Picture: Steve Crispe FM4599786

Walk to School and Literacy Challenge winners collect awards at Silver Blades Ice Rink, Ambley Road, Gillingham. Picture: Steve Crispe


Hundreds of youngsters celebrated coming top of the class for reading and green travel after competing in a special challenge day.

Children across the county walked, cycled, scooted or parked and strode to school in a bid to win big at the KM Challenge Day. Others were there to champion the joys of reading as members of Buster’s Book Club. The day of competitive fun was organised by the KM Group’s charity department for all schools taking part in the KM Super WoW!, green footsteps or literacy scheme.

Classes that were top or most improved for reading or green travel to school attended an awards celebration at Silver Blades ice rink this week.

The winning classes were presented with free entry tickets to Silver Blades, which class representatives received at the awards event.

Simon Dolby from the KM Charity Team said: “It is always inspiring to meet the children making such a success of our walk to school, road safety and literacy schemes.”

The initiatives are supported by Silver Blades, Leeds Castle, Kent Reliance, Eurostar, Orbit, 3Rs teacher recruitment, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Bel UK, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, and Golding Homes.

To find out more about either scheme visit: www.kmcharityteam.co.uk.

For details of how schools can join Super WOW! and Buster’s Book Club contact Simon Dolby at the KM Charity Team on 0844 264 0291 or sdolby@thekmgroup.co.uk

KM Walk to School winners

Kingsnorth Primary Schools (Ashford area) – Class RR

Stone St Mary’s CE Primary School (Dartford area) – Dolphins Class

Wrotham Road Primary School (Gravesham area) – Class 4AW

Park Way Primary School (Maidstone area) – Apple Class

St Michael’s RC Primary School (Medway area) – St Paul’s Class

St Edward’s Catholic Primary School (Swale area) – Year 4

East Peckham Primary School (Tonbridge and Malling area) – Wrens Class

Dame Janet Primary Academy (Thanet area) – France Class

Buster’s Book Club winners

Whitstable Junior School (Canterbury area) – Class L5

Painters Ash Primary School (Gravesham area) – Holly Class

St Nicholas C of E Primary School, New Romney (Shepway area) – Birch Class


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