PUPILS at St Brigid’s School in Singland have been putting their best foot forward with a green schools initiative designed to reduce car dependency on the school run and improve safety for pedestrians around the school.
An exhibition of the work put in by the children is on display at the Parkway Shopping Centre for the next three weeks.
St Brigid’s has been working on the travel element of the green schools programme since 2011 with several actions undertaken on promoting walking over the car.
The school’s “Walk on Wednesdays” initiative has achieved a near-perfect participation rate of 99%.
“St. Brigid’s is a fantastic green school that has achieved major success in the travel theme,” said An Taisce’s green schools travel officer Ellen O’Sullivan.
“For their second year in the programme, the committee looked at ways they could implement further positive change in their school. In their review they looked at safety on the way to school and felt that there were several items they could improve. Following on from this they launched an impressive safety initiative which involved every student and helped spread the message that changing our behaviour can improve the safety for everyone.”
Poster and slogan competitions throughout the school were part of this campaign while the school has also produced a leaflet - “Safer outside the school gate” - on road safety. It is believed to be the first school publication of its type in Limerick.
“This safety campaign has made a real difference to how people approach our school gate and has helped improve safety for all students,” commented Linda O’Reilly, green schools co-ordinator at St Brigid’s.
Also part of the Parkway exhibition is work from the Limerick Smarter Travel initiative.
A collaborative effort between Limerick City Council and the University of Limerick, Smarter Travel is now involving the green schools programme in its efforts to reduce car dependency and promote walking, cycling, car pooling and greater use of public transport in the city.
The school has also expressed its thanks to the Parkway’s Roger Beck for making space available for the exhibition.