York primary celebrates special achievement after every pupil walks, scoots or rides to school (From York Press)
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York primary celebrates special achievement after every pupil walks, scoots or rides to school
A ROAD outside a York primary which is usually teeming with vehicles during the morning drop-off was car free throughout Walk to School Week.
St Lawrence’s CE Primary School managed a remarkable 100 per cent participation with not one of its 200 pupils driven to school over the five days of the campaign.
Now children and staff are hoping to scoop hundreds of pounds of prizes and the Jack Archer Trophy, offered by City of York Council to the school with the highest participation during the week, which ended on Friday.
Head teacher Jane Nellar said she was proud of how well children, parents and staff had worked together.
“What a fantastic achievement; well done St Lawrence’s school community. The school community rose to the challenge and managed the outstanding feat of 100 per cent children and their families walking, scooting or biking to school every day.”
Senior teacher Helen Smith galvanised the school into action and once everyone had played their part St Lawrence’s ended up with a result that no one could have predicted, Mrs Nellar said.
Neighbour and school governor Harold Mozley said this week was the first time in 17 years he had seen the road car free in a morning.
Now the school is waiting to hear whether it has won the £400 of prizes on offer from the council, which organised the challenge as part of the national Walk to School month.
Twenty-seven schools across the city signed up to take part, and the school with the highest percentage of children walking, cycling or scooting to school will win a £200 prize from Age UK, matched by £200 from the council.
This year mark’s the tenth anniversary of the Jack Archer Trophy, named after former councillor, honorary alderman and two times Lord Mayor of York who died in 2010.
Second prize will be £200 for sports equipment, and third prize is high visibilty jackets for pupils.
The council also offered a bonus prize – a £300 Scooter Pod – for the school with the highest number of children scooting to school on Wednesday.
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