THESE pupils had a lesson in helping others and the environment before school classes even started last term.
Young walkers from Anchorsholme Primary School on East Pines Drive joined a walk to school scheme to support a shoe appeal for a school in Africa.
Pupils were encouraged to walk or cycle to school last term in a bid to help the Josa School, which is nearly 5,000 miles away on the southern coast of Kenya.
Working with Blackpool Council’s Sustainable Travel Team the school linked up with colleagues in Kikambala and has donated more than 50 pairs of new shoes for children there.
Staff from the Travel Team and from Wynsor’s World of Shoes on Tyldesley Road, Blackpool, encouraged pupils to be environmentally friendly as they travelled to school with every step pushing up their “shoe totaliser”.
Thanks to the children’s efforts, and Wynsor’s donation of 52 pairs of new shoes were sent to Josa School.
Graeme Dow, headteacher at Anchorsholme Primary School, said: “We’re really excited to be getting involved with another international school and the opportunity to work with the Josa School.
“It’s quite humbling to think that just by walking to school, these pupils have been able to directly help children in Africa.”
The schools have now forged strong links and Anchorsholme pupils have also sent 10 disposable cameras, sent in by Jessops Blackpool, for Kenyan schoolchildren to document their own long walks to school.
Mazuk Manka, headteacher at Josa school, added: “Josa boys and girls really were excited to be working with an international school.
“Walking to school and regular exercise is normal to them, but they found taking pictures of their walk to school very thrilling.”
Coun Fred Jackson, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Streets and Transport, added: “I’m delighted we have been able to help these two schools from different parts of the world get in touch and help each other.
“The children at Anchorsholme have been given the rare opportunity to see how children live, commute and how they are educated in a vastly different part of the world.
“I hope both schools will continue to work together.”
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