Published: 12:40, 20 November 2019
| Updated: 08:49, 26 November 2019
Young winners of green-travel and literacy challenges enjoyed a celebratory event at Leeds Castle yesterday (Tuesday, November 19).
Pupils from primary schools across Kent, Medway and Bexley were presented with framed certificates and vouchers to either Wildwood animal park or the castle itself after winning county-wide challenges with the KM Charity Team initiatives Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow.
After the presentation ceremony, the children were given the opportunity to explore the castle and its maze and grounds.
And the KM Charity Team has one more Buster’s Book Club incentive up its sleeve this year: schools that sign up for the reading rewards scheme before December 1 will be entered into a prize draw to win two free Eurostar tickets.
The children at the presentation were representing classes that won Buster’s Book Club and Active Wow challenges that took place either in the week before or the week after autumn half-term.
The classes recorded either the highest percentage of children in their districts using green travel to get to and from school or the most home-reading minutes.
They were joined at the presentation ceremony by representatives of Buster’s and Active Wow supporters Countrystyle Recycling, the Education People, Acorns Read and Grow, Buckland Media, Volker Highways, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Specsavers, Leeds Castle and Kent, Medway and Maidstone councils.
KM Charity Team acting general manager Karen Brinkman said: “Many congratulations to the winners of these challenges and thank you so much to everybody at Leeds Castle and the rest of our supporters joining us today.
“These children have applied themselves so conscientiously to Buster’s and Active Wow, showing impressive enthusiasm for green travel and reading.
“I’m sure their schools are reaping the dividends as a result, and I would urge other schools considering signing up to Buster’s to do so by December 1. Any that do will be entered into a free prize draw to win two tickets for the Eurostar.”
The full list of winners was:
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Ashford: Coleman Class, Furley Park Primary School
Bexley: 4M Class, Normandy Primary School, Bexleyheath
Dartford: Class 1, Westgate Primary School
Dover: Squirrels Class, Ayelsham Primary
Medway: Buttercups Class, Oasis Academy Skinner Street, Gillingham
Medway: Poplar Class, St Mary’s Catholic School, Gillingham
Sevenoaks: Mother Teresa Class, Hextable Primary School
Sittingbourne: Becket Class, Bapchild and Tonge C of E Primary School
Sittingbourne: Class 6 Oak, Milton Court Primary Academy
Thanet: Class 5W, Cliftonville Primary School
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Canterbury: Jaguar Class, Chartham Primary School
Dover: Nightingale Class, Barton Junior School
Dover: Red Panda Class, Langdon Primary School
Folkestone and Hythe: Willow Class, Brenzett CE Primary School
Folkestone and Hythe: Silver Birch Class, Harcourt Primary School
Maidstone: St John Class, St Francis Catholic Primary School
Maidstone: Maple Class, West Borough Primary School
Medway: Juniper Class, Lordswood School
Medway: St John Class, St Micheal’s RC Primary School
Thanet: Class 5C, Garlinge Primary School and Nursery
Individual schools’ classes compete against each other for weekly trophies, and the winners of monthly inter-school challenges involving schools across Kent are rewarded with vouchers to leisure attractions or visits by celebrity storytellers.
Active Wow is supported by Ashford International Hotel, Orbit, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Eurostar, Kent, Maidstone, Bexley, Medway and Ashford councils, the Morrisons Foundation, Buckland Media and the Education People.
And Buster’s Book Club is supported by Buster’s is supported by the Education People, Golding Vision, Specsavers, Leeds Castle, Diggerland, Hornby, Wildwood, Rotary, Acorns Read and Grow, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Buckland Media and Medway and Kent councils.
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