Taking part in the Chalk Challenge

March 03 2018

PUPILS at May Park Primary School are using their artistic skills to highlight the benefits of a scheme which encourages children to play outside.

PUPILS at May Park Primary School are using their artistic skills to highlight the benefits of a scheme which encourages children to play outside.

The youngsters are taking part in a Chalk Challenge and have been asked to take a photo of a chalk drawing they have created on the path or pavement of the street they live in.

The competition is being run by Playing Out, an initiative which started in Bristol but has spread nationwide.

It aims to improve children's well being and build friendlier and stronger communities by organising road closures that allow children to play in the street.

The school is already heavily involved in encouraging children to make healthy choices and has an Active Travel Scheme to promote travelling to school by foot and scooter.

Jo Chesterman, Playing Out activator, said: "I approached the school and met with Alex Moore, the Active Travel Champion, and we agreed that running a Chalk Challenge would be a great event, as chalking in the street is one of the favourite activities which happen in streets that have Playing Out sessions.  

"Pupils have been invited, over a 10 day period, to take a piece of pavement chalk home, draw a picture in their street and email it to me. Six winners will be chosen at the end and will get a prize of a big tub of chalk."

Jo added that the chalk drawings will quickly be washed away as soon as it rains.

Winning photos will be put on Playing Out’s website, Facebook page and published in Fishponds Voice. The Chalk Challenge runs until March 9.  

Playing Out is also teaming up with Chester Park Junior School to co-host an event called ‘Stay and Play, the CPJ Way’ - an after-school outdoor play event which has the backing of headteacher Mike McNama.

Families are being encouraged to bring snacks, a picnic blanket and lots of energy to enjoy chalking, skipping, giant bubbles and a giant Connect 4 game.  

The entrance to the school and connecting playground will be enjoyed as one big play area during the event, which takes place for one hour after school on March 15.

To find out more about Playing Out call 07811 816620 or email Jo@playingout.net or visit www.playingout.net