Girls go funky for walk to school gig

The girls from St. John of God’s NS, Kilkenny restarted their work on An Taisce’s travel theme in style by holding a ‘funky hair’ walk to school, last week.

The girls from St. John of God’s NS, Kilkenny restarted their work on An Taisce’s travel theme in style by holding a ‘funky hair’ walk to school, last week.

This is the school’s second year on the programme and they are sampling great success. By using fun and innovative ideas the Green-Schools committee are encouraging all students and staff to leave the car at home and step it to school.

Chiara Hanrahan, An Taisce’s education officer for County Kilkenny said ‘The Girls are doing fantastic work! The numbers students walking to school each week are steadily increasing, which is good news for our environment and the health of those who participate. St. John of God’s are not only enthusiastic, but like to keep things fun too – as their ‘funky hair day’ demonstrates. The girls really pulled out all the stops as did their Teachers. Keep up the good work!’

An Taisce has been working on the national Green-Schools Travel programme, which focuses on promoting sustainable travel on the school run, since September 2008. The travel theme is funded by the Department of Transport and supported by the National Transportation Authority. The programme is delivered through the successful Green-Schools programme, known internationally as Eco-Schools, in partnership with Local Authorities.

To date, over 650 primary and secondary schools countrywide have or are taking part in the Green-Schools Travel programme, implementing sustainable travel action plans in their schools. The ultimate aim of the Green-Schools Travel programme is to encourage students, parents and teachers to walk, cycle, Park ‘n’ Stride, use public transport or car pool instead of using the private car on the school run.