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02 Jun 2016
16 nursery pupils from Hudson Road Primary School in Sunderland enjoyed a visit by Stagecoach North East bus drivers and a gas bus as part of the company’s Green Week ‘Teaching Tuesday’ campaign.
The young eco warriors were treated to a trip around the town on the gas bus, which uses the latest in ‘eco’ technology to take passengers all around the city. The youngsters learned about the green energy that gas buses use and how it helps to improve the environment that they live in.
The children were able to explore the bus, and took turns to be bus drivers, sitting in the driver’s chair and tooting the very loud horn! Bus drivers Steve Hamilton and Wayne Doran also brought some green goodies for the pupils, including recycled bags and pens.
4-year-old Eve, a pupil at Hudson Road Primary School, said: "I really liked the bus trip and we went on a journey. The bus driver let us use the horn and it was really loud! It was lots of fun!"
Mrs Cathy Westgate, head teacher at Hudson Road Primary School, said: “The children really loved the bus, the journey and the drivers! They are even using it now in their play!”
Laura Smith, Operations Manager at the Stagecoach depot in Sunderland, said: “We were delighted to be able to show the children how the ‘green’ gas bus works and take them on a little trip, which they enjoyed very much.
“Stagecoach’s annual Green Week is an important awareness campaign which we are keen to support in our local community, and visiting the school offers a great opportunity to encourage youngsters to think’ green’, as well as having fun.”
Schools in the area were also sent activity sheets to complete during half term. The company encouraged the young ‘eco warriors’ with a list of tasks; including waste recycling, litter picking and walking instead of travelling by car, with prizes for the schools with the best results.
During Green Week, the depot in Sunderland took part in a number of activities to raise awareness among staff and customers, including walking or cycling to work, handing out free smart card wallets to customers and giving fruity snacks to all drivers as a healthy treat.
This year the Green Week theme was ‘Green Sky Thinking’, which aimed to raise awareness among staff and customers about the need to continue to develop new ideas to tackle climate change.