Kids took a fresh approach to getting to school in September by making 56,680 active or sustainable trips as part of the Fresh Air Schools Challenge run by New Plymouth District Council’s Let’s Go team.
Sixteen New Plymouth District schools took part in the challenge, which is in its fourth year.
The schools encouraged children to get out and breathe in the fresh air with the arrival of spring by walking, cycling or using the bus to get to and from school.
As well as benefitting kids’ health and wellbeing, saving money, being good for environmental sustainability and cutting the number of cars on our roads, the challenge sees schools trying to win the coveted Car Free & Loving It Cup.
This year the winner was Frankley School, which logged an average of 29 active and sustainable trips to school per student during the month. Coming in a close second equal were West End School and Manukorihi Intermediate followed in third place by Woodleigh School.
New categories were created this year with the Movers & Shakers award for most improved school going to Manukorihi Intermediate, which also managed to snaffle the Golden Foot award for the school with the highest rate of walking.
The Wicked Wheels award went to Fitzroy School, which had the highest rate of riding, skating and scooting to school, while Highlands Intermediate took out the Clean Air Award for the school with the most bus trips and ridesharing with friends.
The Let’s Go team congratulates all participating schools, and looks forward to setting new goals in 2018.