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Come and WOW us: primary school design competition is back

The WOW badge competition is open for primary school children to enter

Posted by Lucinda Reid | January 17, 2017 | Events

One of the largest design competitions for primary school children is back for the New Year and open for entries from 6 January 2017.

The WOW badge competition is a free-to-enter design competition for primary school children. 11 winners will receive prizes for themselves and their school, including a year’s supply of WOW resources - and see their winning design turned into more than 450,000 badges for use in over 2000 schools across the UK during the 2017/18 WOW challenge.  

WOW is the year-round walk to school challenge from Living Streets, the UK charity for everyday walking. Pupils who walk to school at least once a week are rewarded with a different collectable badge every month, helping them develop healthy habits for life. The badges are made in the UK from recycled yoghurt pot material, otherwise destined for landfill. 

In primary schools, WOW sees walking rates increase on average by 23 per cent and is met with a corresponding drop in car use.

Kevin Croasdale, Schools Manager, Living Streets, said: “WOW is a great way to help keep children healthy and happy by encouraging them to be active every day. Children love taking part and collecting the badges with winners of the WOW badge competition having the extra pride of seeing their badges worn nationwide. With more than 120,000 entries each year, we know there are lots of budding designers out there. We can’t wait to see what this year’s entrants have to offer.”

This year’s theme is ‘Walk the Americas’ and asks children to create designs which celebrate the nature, culture and history of North and South America. Tips to help spark ideas of what to draw are included on the entry form, which teachers can talk through with their class before giving them time to work on their design.

Could one of your pupils be chosen to win prizes for them and their school – and see their design nationwide?

Competition closes on Friday 17 March and entry forms can be downloaded now from the Living Streets website: www.livingstreets.org.uk/badgecomp2017

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