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Students Impress 'Dragons' with Safer Travel Plans

Article taken from the Craven Herald & Pioneer. Original article found here.

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Larissa Wanty and Vivienne Clark receiving their cheque from Cllr Don Mackenzie.

A TEAM from Skipton Girls High School has been awarded £500 after successfully pitching its ‘travel made easier’ idea in a ‘dragons-den’ style contest organised by North Yorkshire County Council.

The students impressed the judges, who included the council’s executive member for access, Cllr Don Mackenzie, with its trio of proposals aimed at encouraging fellow students to consider alternatives to the car.

Deputy head Fiona McMillan said: “It has been a brilliant day for all the students from the three schools. The amount of work that has been done was really obvious, along with the commitment and passion for the cause.”

The high school was one of three in North Yorkshire taking part in the contest. They are all part of the council’s Youth Travel Ambassadors programme .

Cllr Mackenzie said: “We were delighted to hear from young people who are so passionate and determined to make their world a cleaner, safer place. The County Council is committed to encouraging and facilitating sustainable travel wherever possible, so I am glad we can help these young people realise their ambitions. I look forward to following the progress of their schemes and I hope they will inspire other schools to consider what they can do to improve the environment and safety around their gates.”

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