Caroline Flint was WOWed by pupils from Branton St Wilfred’s Church of England Primary School following her visit to the school to chat to them about their walking campaign.
The MP has congratulated the pupils for the success of their WOW challenge - Walk Once a Week - which encourages pupils to walk to school and encourages parents to park further away from the school at key locations in the village.
Ms Flint said: “The WOW challenge has been really taken to heart by pupils. Many of them ask their parents to drop them at the designated parking places in the village, so they can keep their promise to walk to school.
“This has clearly reduced the traffic congestion and the parking problems near the school and means children are being more active every day – which is good for their health. There is also an important road safety message built in to the WOW challenge.
“This campaign is a win-win. Having talked to the pupils and seen how competitive each class is to walk to school most often, all I can say is ‘WOW! Keep it up!’”
The WOW challenge followed discussion between the Parish Council, the PTA and the School as to how to reduce parking problems near the school. With funding from the Tesco @Bags of Help’ scheme, local businesses were approached and volunteered to let parents use their car parks as drop-off and pick-up places, known as “Park and Stride”. An exclusion zone around the school was publicised to encourage parents not to park within the zone.
Classes compete with each other to have the most children taking part each week.
The Don Valley MP has promised to promote this example to other schools in her constituency.