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School / organization: Millfield Primary School
Country: Other Country
Recreation Road
NR28 0ES North Walsham
Norfolk, UK
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Contact Person: Andrew Phoenix
Contact phone: +44 1692 403172
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Keywords: walk-to-school Stamp Stanley traffic
Age of pupils: 10-18
Learning aims: This project wanted to create a long-term solution to get
children walking to school nearly all of the time,
resulting in a significant reduction in car journeys,
which would be sustained.

Short description: Creation of a long-term and sustainable incentive for children to walk-to-school, by installing permanent checkpoint machines where children stamp a token on every ‘green’ school journey. Called ‘Stamp Stanley’, the smiley face stamped on tokens is children’s proof of the green journey they have made. Tokens are saved up and exchanged in school for a wide range of rewards, used to ‘buy’ items, and also entered into prize draws to win family treats.
Five checkpoint units were installed, each around ½ mile away from school, except for one which was provided nearer to school only for local children (but which makes a
different imprint on the tokens). We also have one checkpoint unit in school, which is used primarily by children in our Learning Support Centre, who cannot walk to school because they arrive by taxi. These children have been earning reward tokens for their eco-friendly activities in school, including tending their organic garden.

Reflection: The project has been a huge success so far. 96% of children in the school have taken part in the scheme, and 64% of the children have made every journey a green journey since the project began.
Some of the positive aspects are:
• Improving children’s health and fitness
• Exercise energising children’s minds to improve learning each day
• Increasing children’s contact with the environment and elements, and their appreciation of their part within the natural world.
There is a large potential for replication of the project in other parts of Europe as the project is possible to carry out with a relatively small budget and at almost any primary school in Europe.

Date added: 2009-10-11 13:19:15    Hits: 183
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