Each year An Taisce, the National Trust for Ireland, organises a National Sustainable Travel Competition for all schools participating in the Travel theme of the Green-Schools programme. This year, for the first time, a Sligo Student is amongst the winners.
Corran College in Ballymote were delighted to be informed that one of their talented Leaving Cert Art students, Diana Ford, had been selected as a National winner. The School has been working on the Green-Schools Travel theme, which helps to promote more sustainable travel in the lives of students, teachers and parents. Teacher Mary Reagan, the Green-Schools Coordinator in the school encouraged students to enter this annual competition.
Diana travelled to Dublin yesterday, (Tuesday 24 April) with her mother Joanne to attend the Awards Ceremony which was held in Tailors Hall, the Headquarters of An Taisce. Diana was awarded her Certificate of Achievement as well as a brand new bicycle, helmet, lock, lights & other goodies. She was joined by her Art Teacher Miss Hoare who accepted the winning cheque, on behalf of Corran College, from An Taisce in the sum of €300.
Diana’s winning piece, which includes the slogan “Lose the Car, Body Fuel will take you Far”, was selected from 2,000 entries from all over Ireland. “I was very impressed with Diana’s entry” said her art teacher Ms Hoare “she designed and created it herself during art class and came up with the catchy slogan too. The Principal John McGovern and myself are very pleased that Diana’s enthusiasm for this medium has been recognised at National level”.
Pictured at yesterday's presentation were (l-r) Jane Hackett An Taisce National Travel Manager,
Diana Ford, Art Teacher Ms Hoare & Imelda Ryan-Jones Travel Education Officer - An Taisce
Minister Alan Kelly, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with special responsibility for Public and Commuter Transport, congratulated Diana and all the winners present at the Ceremony. “The Travel theme is very effective in encouraging more of us to leave the car at home and to walk, cycle, use public transport or carpool instead” said Minister Kelly at the Awards Ceremony. His Department funds the Green-Schools Travel theme that was rolled out nationally in 2008.
“Corran College are continuing to work on the Travel theme this term,” Imelda Ryan-Jones, An Taisce's Sligo-based Green-Schools Travel Education Officer, told SligoToday.ie
“and have organised a Bicycle Maintenance Session at the School today, (Wednesday 25th April), when cycling enthusiast David Gunning visits to share his skills with students. There will certainly be one bike that David won’t have to worry about and of course I mean Diana’s brand new bicycle that I hope she has many years enjoyment from." Corran College Art Teacher Ms Hoare and student Diana Ford with her winning Art piece