A North Lanarkshire pupil is celebrating being named as one of 11 winners in a UK-wide design competition.

Millie Johnstone, aged 9, from Aitkenhead Primary School, entered the WOW badge design competition from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking.

WOW is Living Streets’ year-round walk to school challenge which sees children who walk to school at least once a week rewarded with collectable badges. 

This year’s WOW theme is ‘Walk the Americas’ and Millie’s moose design was inspired by the Canadian Wilderness. Millie’s design was chosen for the September badge and at the end of this month, pupils in over 2,000 schools across Scotland, England and Wales will be rewarded with Millie’s badge.

Strider, the Living Streets mascot, presented Millie with her prize in front of her friends and family in a special assembly. 

Rebecca Simpson, Project Manager (Schools), Living Streets Scotland, said: 

“We had over 100,000 entries for the WOW badge competition with some fantastic drawings of famous landmarks, indigenous animals and local cuisines.  

“It was difficult to choose our winners as the standard was extremely high so Millie should be very proud. We love having Aitkenhead Primary School taking part in WOW, we’re sure it will be making a huge difference to their pupils’ health and happiness.”

Alison Sommerville, Head teacher, Aitkenhead Primary School said: 

“Everyone at Aitkenhead Primary is extremely proud of Millie’s achievement. The pupils have been walking, cycling, scooting and using Park and Stride throughout September so they can be rewarded with Millie’s badge.”

Millie and Strider

I am really really happy to win the competition and I can’t wait to see everyone at my school wearing my badge.

Millie Johnstone, badge design winner