STUDENTS from St Sampson’s High School walked from Guernsey to Mexico City.
But instead of needing passports, they walked 5,500 miles – the distance from here to the South American city – with the aid of a comfortable pair of trainers and bottles of water.
Around 500 pupils and teachers took part in the West Coast Challenge– each one of them walking an 11-mile route from Pleinmont to Pembroke to raise money to expand the school’s Accelerated Reader programme.
The event – sponsored by Rossborough, which provided each participant with a branded T-shirt and drawstring goody bag – raised more than £5,300.
‘We had a fantastic day and the weather was very kind to us. The children looked great in their T-shirts and all did really well completing the walk in just under four hours. This included a half-hour lunch break at Cobo so it wasn’t bad going,’ said assistant headteacher, Liz Dean, who led one of the groups.
‘We would like to say a big thank you to Rossborough for their sponsorship. It means that all of the sponsorship money raised can go towards the Accelerated Reader programme, which this year will be expanded to cover Years 7 and 8, whereas previously it has only been available to Year 7.
‘Many of those who finished the walk waded straight into the sea at Pembroke, resplendent in their pale blue T-shirts.’
Rossborough managing director Ian Stewart congratulated the youngsters on taking part in the West Coast Challenge.
‘They all did extremely well and raised a fantastic amount of money for this scheme which is proving a great success at St Sampson’s High. Rossborough is pleased to have been able to help ensure that all money raised went towards benefitting a large number of students at the school and that it has enabled them to expand the Accelerated Reader programme to cover another year group,’ he said.
Accelerated Reader is a recognised reading scheme, which divides a library into zones, includes online quizzes for youngsters to complete once they have finished a book and then directs them to other suitable books.
The current Year 7s piloted the scheme and Miss Dale said it had already made a huge difference to their reading ability and would hopefully lead to better exam results.