Pupils recognised for project success

Pupils show off their new reflectors with head teacher Jonathan Cordiner and councillor Gillian Owen
Pupils show off their new reflectors with head teacher Jonathan Cordiner and councillor Gillian Owen

Meiklemill Primary School pupils have been presented with collectible, reflective badges in recognition of their success in the ‘Walk Once a Week’ project.

WOW is a walking to school initiative, run by the charity Living Streets, which aims to increase the number of pupils travelling actively to school.

Meiklemill is one of Aberdeenshire’s best performing schools taking part in the project and in the past year the number of pupils being driven to school has almost halved (down from 29% in 2015 to 17% in 2016).

Ellon councillor, Cllr Gillian Owen, who originally suggested the idea of donating the reflective badges in recognition of the children’s success, said: “Tackling school gate congestion is a difficult task and I am pleased to see lots of different steps being taken to boost the numbers of pupils who are walking and cycling to school.”

“Last year when the bus stopped collecting local children to and from school parents were naturally alarmed and safety is obviously key.

“The Formartine Safety Partnership sponsored this initiative and I am delighted to have had the opportunity to hand more badges out.”