THREE elementary school students were rewarded for completing an active travel challenge.
St John Vianney Catholic Primary School and Longton Lane Primary School, both on a key travel route from Lea Green to Whiston Hospital, have been invited by St Helens Borough Council to take part in an active travel initiative.
As part of the initiative, children and young people were tasked with walking, cycling or scootering to and from school in order to virtually reach the North Pole. about 2,533 miles away.
A total of 63 students with their parents and carers took part in the challenge over a two-week period, resulting in more than 600 miles being traveled between the two schools.
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Fifth grade St John Vianney pupil Kitty and brothers and sisters Joseph and Arwen of Longton Lane Primary School logged the most miles, 17.6 and 52 respectively, while Joseph and Arwen walked 26 miles each.
The trio were later presented with micro scooters as a reward, donated by Merseyside-based Flinders Chase, which is working with the council on the active itinerary to link Lea Green with Whiston Hospital.
The connecting route is part of a number of plans planned or underway in the district to encourage residents to consider greener modes of transport to improve health and protect the environment.
Councilor Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport at St Helens Borough Council, visited St John Vianney to present Kitty with her scooter.
Councilor Bowden said: “In general, children and young people don’t have to walk that far to get to and from school, so encouraging active travel through initiatives like this is a great way to generate interest and change habits of what.” in turn, can reduce congestion and emissions around schools while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.
“Congratulations to our winners Kitty, Joseph and Arwen – they should be very proud of their achievements – and a big thank you to Flinders Chase for providing such fantastic prizes which are a huge incentive for these youngsters to keep pursuing active travel as Means to decide to come to school – also in style.”
To find out more about active travel suggestions in St Helens Borough please visit http://www.sthelens.gov.uk/activetravel.
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