A primary school pupil from Edinburgh celebrated being named as one of 11 winners in a UK-wide design competition at a special ceremony this week (Thursday 26 April 2018).

Sanjana from Colinton 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 each month.

This year’s WOW theme is ‘Walk the Americas’ and Sanjana’s badge was inspired by amphibians of Central America. Pupils in over 2,000 schools across Scotland, England and Wales who walked to school during February will be rewarded with Sanjana’s badge.

Strider, the Living Streets mascot joined the Reducer, Edinburgh’s local road safety mascot at a special assembly at Colinton Primary School to present Sanjana with her prize, which included a large scale version of her badge. 

Edinburgh winner

Chris Thompson, Schools Coordinator, Living Streets Scotland, said:

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

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

Schools which take part in WOW typically see an increase in walking rates of 23 per cent with a corresponding drop in car use.

Schools across Scotland will be following in Colinton Primary School’s footsteps this May as they take part in Walk to School Week (21-25 May) run by Living Streets as part of National Walking Month.