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Stars and Stripes flag up schools' walking and cycling success

June 26, 2013

Primary schools across Cumbria that have taken part in a walking and cycling scheme will be celebrating their achievements American-style next week.

Sixty five schools and 8,000 children around the county have been involved in this year’s ‘Walk or Wheel’ (WoW) – a national initiative run in Cumbria by Cumbria County Council’s Active Travel team.

Children are awarded a certificate for pledging to walk, cycle or scoot at least once a week and recording their journeys on passports.  If successful, at the end of every half term they are awarded one of a series of badges.

This school year the WoW theme has been a journey around the world and there have been five badges to collect from five continents; Europe, Asia, Australasia, South America and North America. Schools have been learning about the continents on the way. 

The final part of their journey from South America to New York is due to conclude this term and the American-themed celebration on Thursday 4 July is to mark the end of the journey and tie in with Independence Day.

Cumbria County Council’s Active Travel Team has sent a themed resources pack out to schools that have taken part in WoW including an activity sheet for how to make the United States flag, ideas for dressing in American costume on the journey to school and recipes for an American breakfast.

The WoW scheme highlights for children both the health and environmental benefits of active travel and car use around WOW schools has been reduced significantly.

Active Travel officer Judith Aris said: “This year’s WoW scheme has been a big success in Cumbria because of the commitment of whole school communities and the pupils have done brilliantly well in making so many journeys by foot, cycle and scooter.

“This event on 4 July is all about celebrating their achievements and I’m sure those taking part will have a great time.”