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5 Days 5 Ways Challenge

As part of the Green School Initiative, St. Brigid's Secondary School Killarney are tackling a new travel campaign called 5 days 5 New ways. The main aim of this campaign is to encourage alternative means of travelling to school in order to reduce congestion outside the school entrance. This campaign also focuses on the health and wellbeing of the student to encourage them to walk and cycle to school. The school also hopes to promote the very topical issue of climate change by reducing carbon emissions.

On Monday the 4th of March at 8.30am the Greens Schools Committee launched the Park and Stride initiative. Students were dropped to Tesco car park in town and walked to school from there. Carpooling was the mode of transport for Tuesday. Cycling was the third method of transport for Wednesday. Thursday, students assembled in the Lidl carpark and were escorted to school. Friday, encouraged more people to use the bus service. 

The Green Schools Coordinator of St. Brigid’s, Sheree Murphy said "The support from various organisations such as Killarney Gardaí, Killarney Tidy Towns Committee and Mayor of Killarney John Sheahan has been phenomenal. I think everyone would like to see the public, in particular students getting more active in the morning as it is not only beneficial to our health but also to the environment and Killarney town itself." A particular thank you to the Tidy Towns committee who sponsored a €30 voucher per day for any student who got involved in the 5 Days 5 New Ways Initiative. The student’s names were entered into a raffle for a voucher. Mr. Colm Copper representing AIB also sponsored a voucher for students who got involved in two or more mornings. Kerry footballer and All-star winner, Ms. Sarah Houlihan was also on hand during Thursdays event in order to encourage more walking to school. Thank you to Garda Jamie Lenihan who organised Garda presence on each of the days.