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Car Pooling Day

Green Schools > Green School 2008-2010

Carpooling day:
We had our Carpooling and Walk If You Can day on Friday 5th March. One day we counted the cars that came to school in the morning and there were 43 cars. Our aim is to reduce the amount of cars coming to school. Even if we could reduce this number by one we feel it would be a success.                                      What is Carpooling? A carpool or car sharing is when two or more people  travel together in one car. Pupils traveling from the same location can share the journey, meaning fewer cars arrive at the school gate. Carpooling is a good initiative for schools located in rural areas, where the school catchment is quite large, or where it is too far to walk to school or there are no footpaths.
We were delighted with how successful the day was. Lots of families walked to school, some cycled and others carpooled. The number of cars arriving at the school gate was reduced to 26. You can see photos below.

On the evening before our carpooling day the green schools committee gave a balloon to each child going home as a reminder that every kilometer travelled by car releases enough CO2 to fill 13 balloons.

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