Primary embraces green-travel scheme

Christ Church Primary pupils with Buster Bug, Bexley Council road-safety team leader Mark Bunting and reading dog Otis

Walking bus  

A green travel scheme is proving a big success with a Bexley primary.

Pupils from Christ Church Primary in Erith have succeeded in removing an impressive 650 cars from the road since signing up for Green Footsteps in October.

To celebrate their achievement, they were joined by Green Footsteps mascot Buster Bug and Bexley Council road-safety team leader Mark Bunting at a special assembly on Wednesday, March 20.

Also attending was Christ Church reading dog, and keen walker, Otis.

Green Footsteps encourages children and their families travelling to and from school to swap the car for active travel – including walking, cycling, scootering and ‘park and stride’.

Each week, classes compete for the Green Class of the Week Trophy, while regular inter-school competitions offer prizes including storyteller visits and tickets to leisure attractions such as Diggerland and Eagle Heights bird-of-prey centre.

So far, the children at Christ Church Primary have achieved more than 1,000 green journeys.

Green Footsteps coordinator Lucie Maslin said: “Well done Christ Church Primary for embracing Green Footsteps with such commitment and enthusiasm.

“I am sure the school will be reaping the health, educational and environmental benefits of taking part.

“The less time children spend in cars travelling to and from school, the better it is for their health, the local environment and also their learning ‑ higher levels of physical activity can also translate into more alert children in the classroom.”

Green Footsteps is supported by Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Orbit, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Eurostar, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Whitefriars, Kent, Maidstone, Bexley, Medway and Ashford councils, London Array and EduKit.

To find out more, email Lucie at LMaslin@InspireSchools.org.uk or Sarah Clyne at SClyne@InspireSchools.org.uk.

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