Wednesday, 17 August 2022

Pupils urge parents to turn off engines outside school

Pupils urge parents to turn off engines outside school

PUPILS at a Henley school have been encouraging their parents to switch off their car engines when they come to collect them.

The children at Rupert House School in Bell Street handed out stickers urging drivers not to “idle” while waiting.

Monday’s action was in support of the Clean Air for Henley group’s “no idling” campaign. Head of science Fleur Wells said: “It’s really important that we do our bit to take responsibility for the quality of air in Henley, especially because many of our parents are still driving to school and stopping in front of it. We can encourage parents to stop doing that.

“If we teach our children then they can have a big impact as they are the best people to tell their parents who listen to their children. Particulates are reducing the quality of the air. We need to work towards solutions such as car clubs and electric vehicles and walking to school one or two days a week.”

Grant Nash, whose daughters Alexa and Gracie are pupils, said: “I am delighted that Rupert House year five was invited to learn about the Henley Clean Air initiative. We hear more and more about the impacts of car fumes on health, particularly the potential impacts on child brain development, so that any initiative which helps raise awareness of the worryingly high levels of air pollution in Henley can only be a good thing.”

Sophia Lamb, nine, who is one of the school’s clean air ambassadors, said: “It’s important to try to clean the air in Henley otherwise more children will need to use inhalers.”

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