Walk to School Campaign off to a striding start at Camelsdale Primary School
Camelsdale Primary School’s new initiative to encourage as many as children as possible to walk to school has been sponsored by Henry Adams of Haslemere and early results show that the campaign has got off to a striding start. James and his colleague Dee Tickner, returned to school this week to present a fantastic 134 WOW badges to the children. Already the school are reporting a significant decrease in the number of parents using the drop off zone and an increase in the number of children on the walking bus twice a week from the Mill Stream.
Headteacher Sarah Palmer said, “Camelsdale School is delighted to have the support of Henry Adams for our Living Streets WOW Walk to School Campaign. This is another good example of local business supporting local schools. We are thrilled to be in partnership with them and appreciate their commitment to the school in helping us to reinforce the benefits of walking to and from school.”
WOW is the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. Pupils who walk to school at least once a week are rewarded with a different collectable badge every month, helping them develop healthy habits for life. The badges are made in the UK from recycled yoghurt pot material, otherwise destined for landfill. In primary schools, WOW sees walking rates increase on average by 23 per cent and is met with a corresponding drop in car use.
“Henry Adams is proud to be involved in such a worthwhile and important initiative at Camelsdale School,” said James Grillo, partner at Henry Adams Haslemere, “Living Streets WOW Walk to School Campaign will hopefully have a beneficial impact on many levels throughout the entire school.”