Friday, October 06, 2006

Walking to America?

Students in Saltburn are walking to America.... without even leaving the seaside. The pupils, from Huntcliffe School, have been set the challenge of walking the 3,000 miles they would need to cover to reach a school in Maine. The miles are being clocked up during International Walk To School Month. Head of Year 7, Peter Wright explained, "We are being linked with a school in Maine. We're still waiting to find out the name of the school , but it's sure to be at least 3,000 miles away. We've got 104 students in Year 7 and I'm expecting half to be walking to school. Maybe more when they realise what we're doing, so I'm confident we'll get to 3,000 miles." Redcar and Cleveland Council is co-ordinating work among the borough's primary and secondary schools, linked to individual School Travel Plans, which are geared to reducing car use on the school journey. Councillor Eric Empson, commented, "We're delighted that for the first time all our 11 secondary schools are taking part in the campaign and also pleased that seven of those schools now have Travel Plans in place."

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