Where the wild things were

Michael Tyler with two of Creepy Claws’ critters and pupils at Painters Ash Primary School


There was no doubt where the wild things were during a prize assembly at a Gravesend primary school.

The children at Painters Ash Primary School in Gravesend were rewarded with a visit by the exotic critters of travelling zoo Creepy Claws in recognition of their outstanding performance with the KM Charity Team’s green travel and literacy programmes.

Painters Ash’s Holly Class had recorded a stunning 93 per cent participation rate with both Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow.

The children learned about and got to handle a variety of feathery, scaly and furry friends including a tarantula, a skimp lizard and a skinny pig brought in by Creepy Claws’ Michael Tyler.

Active Wow coordinator Kathy Beel said: ‘Congratulations to Holly Class and thank you so much to Creepy Claws for this fantastic prize.

‘Holly Class have shown impressive commitment with Buster’s and Active Wow. Hopefully, their teachers will be appreciating the practical benefits in terms of having more active and engaged pupils.

‘This was such a brilliant prize – a really fun experience that also enabled the children to learn so much about nature and science.

‘I would urge other schools to contact me about the possibility of signing up for Active Wow and Buster’s, and their pupils could soon be enjoying similar rewards too.’

Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow use a spirit of friendly competition to motivate children to read at home and use green travel to get to and from school.

Participating classes compete for class-of-the-week trophies, and winners of monthly inter-school challenges are rewarded with tickets to leisure attractions and visits by celebrity storytellers and organisations like Creepy Claws.

Buster’s is supported by The Education People, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Diggerland, Hornby, Wildwood, Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Buckland Media and Medway and Kent councils.

Active Wow is supported by Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision, Specsavers, the Morrison’s Foundation, and Ashford, Bexley, Maidstone, Medway and Kent councils.

For more information, contact Kay Devine for Buster’s or Kathy Beel for Wow on 01227 475966 or at Kdevine@thekmgroup.co.uk and Kbeel@thekmgroup.co.uk.

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