PRESS RELEASE: St. Sylvester’s Infant School put their best foot forward with new Green travel initiative
St. Sylvester’s Infant School Malahide are showing that they know how to travel Green by launching their very first Feet First Friday this week on Friday 23rd March. The pupils, parents and teachers will be walking en mass to school on the day instead of taking the private car on the school journey. The school’s Feet First Friday initiative, will become a weekly event and is part of St. Sylvester’s Green-Schools Travel Action Plan, which has been put in place to help raise awareness of sustainable travel on the school journey and to make travel to their school healthier and greener.
On their Feet First Friday day the school aims to reduce traffic congestion at the school gate and to raise awareness of the alternatives to the private car on short school journeys. The school will also take a step closer to achieving their fourth Green Flag from An Taisce for the theme of sustainable travel.
Since starting their Green-School’s Travel programme in September 2011, the school has carried out travel surveys to find out how their school population are coming to school and has created giant friezes in the school on the theme of sustainable travel. The school has also carried out a Road Safety Week to raise the profile of safe travelling on the school journey. St. Sylvester’s Infant School has already achieved three Green Flags for their work on the themes of litter and waste, energy conservation and water conservation and has been doing a great job of informing parents and the wider community of the importance of travelling in a sustainable way.
Cathy Shevlin, Green-Schools Co-ordinator at the school commented: ‘The children are so enthusiastic about the travel flag and can’t wait to launch Feet First Fridays. The parents and local community are very supportive of our efforts so I’m sure it will be a great success”.
Sandra Flavin, An Taisce’s Green-Schools Travel Education Officer for North Dublin commented: ‘It is very inspiring to see a junior school take such positive action on Green Travel. A day like Feet First Fridays shows how the Green-Schools message of coming to school in a Green way can spread beyond just the school and can have an impact on how whole families travel. More walkers on the school journey means less traffic on our roads in the morning and we all benefit from that. Congratulations to St. Sylvester’s Infant School for making sustainable travel a priority in their school.’
Green-Schools Travel is operated in Ireland by An Taisce and is supported by the Department of Transport’s Smarter Travel initiative and the National Transport Authority. This is the third year that An Taisce’s Green-Schools Travel Programme has been available to schools nationally and already 450 schools are implementing sustainable travel action plans as a result of the programme.