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Pupils putting brakes on school-run drivers; Walking bus a green alternative.

Byline: By EMMA DAVISON News Reporter

GOLCARschools have joined forces to drastically cut the number of cars taking part in the school run.

Pupils at Golcar Junior, Infant and Nursery School and St John's CE School have been taking part in Walk To SchoolWeek for the past four days.

The schools have arranged for parents to park at the Rose and Crown andRising Sun pubs and Golcar Conservative Club, instead of driving into Manor Road and Fieldhead to drop off and pick up their children.

Children have then walked in groups from the pubs and club to school, with crossing patrols set up on Leymoor Road and Church Street to make the walk safer for pupils.

Today, the schools held a 'No Car Friday', aiming to eliminate all school run traffic on nearby roads.

The anti-car efforts have been co-ordinated by a traffic committee, made up of pupils and parents, which has been working with staff since the beginning of the year.

The committee has met with local residents and Kirklees Council highways department to discuss the issue and children who walk or cycle to school have been rewarded with stickers and badges.

A new cycle shed has also been erected at St John's, thanks to a Travel Plan grant.

Karen Woods, headteacher at Golcar Junior Infant and Nursery School, said: "The children are keen to talk about how they are protecting the environment, keeping healthy and safe by walking even just part of the way to school. We are very proud of them and their parents."

Both schools believe that the fewer cars there are near school, the smaller the risks will be for children. 'Walking bus' schemes, like those run at Golcar this week, also mean parents can drop off their children without being late for work.

Walking to school is good for the environment and children's health - teachers say they arrive at school more alert after exercise. They also have the chance to learn road sense in a safe, supervised setting.

Staff at both schools have been delighted with the response from parents.

Kathryn Benford, headteacher at St John's, said: "We have had a terrific response from parents, carers and children in helping to reduce congestion around our school."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 13, 2008
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