Ninety students and three members of staff from The Regis School have walked an incredible 37,000 miles in 61 days as part of a joint project with UNICEF. The two-month long project saw the group learning about malnutrition overseas, attending early morning activity clubs and tracking their steps. For every 20,000 steps walked the students unlocked therapeutic food packs that will be sent overseas to provide vital nutrition for malnourished children. Although final totals are still being calculated it is estimated the students have released 1781 packs of food.
Assistant Principal, Caroline Saunders explained, "We were invited to take part in this joint project with UNICEF as we are a Level 2 Rights Respecting School. The aim was to get active ourselves working as a team to reach a step target of 12,000 each day. We also used UNICEF resources to learn about malnutrition and this really inspired our students to keep walking as they knew every step contributed to our food pack total".
To boost the step total, students 'climbed Everest' by doing circuits of the school stairs, took part in a dance-a thon and attended weekly activity clubs before school. Some students clocked up over a million steps over the two month period. Parents reported that their sons and daughters were much keener to join in family activities and the dogs of Bognor Regis have never had so many walks!
The Equator is just over 24,000 miles so effectively the team have walked around the world in this incredible challenge.
Year 7 student Megan said, ""I have learnt loads about malnutrition and I have become a lot more active and involved in lessons". Nirvana commented that the project had "made me think about children who don't have good nutrition and how we have a chance to make their lives better".
Frances Bestley from UNICEF sent the students the following message, "Thank you very much to all the students who have worked so hard being so active and unlocking the packs of Ready to Use Therapeutic Paste for children who are suffering from malnutrition. Everyone at UNICEF UK appreciates the difference you have made."
The students' campaign work does not end here. Throughout May, the whole school will be collecting loose change as part of the nationwide UNICEF Change for Change appeal, again raising money to tackle malnutrition. Head of House Nicky Wiles explained, "Our students wanted to give everyone the chance to do their bit for malnourished children, so Change for Change was a great way for all staff and students to get involved"