Competition creates a buzz in York primary schools

14 Dec 2012 @ 12.48 pm
| News

Issued by City of York Council

Mr Hexagon, Beesafe and A2Bee were just some of the names school children across York submitted as part of City of York Council’s competition to name the i-Travel mascot.

As part of the on going promotion of the i-Travel York programme, funded through a Local Sustainable Transport Fund government grant, primary school children were invited to name the mascot who had previously only been known as the i-Travel York bee.

Out of the many entries received, Yorbee was chosen by both Grace Robinson, aged 7 and in year 2 and Isobel Wright, aged 9 and n year 4 at Clifton With Rawcliffe Primary School.

In her competition entry Isobel wrote that she chose the name because: “He is a bee from York and he is your bee because he helps you.”

Next week, Yorbee will be present Isobel and Grace with a prize for submitting the winning name.

Cllr Janet Looker, Cabinet Member for Education at City of York Council, said: “The bee has proven to be very popular with families and getting the message about travelling around York more sustainably so it is only right that they’ve named it.

“We received a huge response from all schools across York, with lots of very good entries and some fantastic explanations of why that particular name had been chosen, so well done to everyone who took part!”

Cllr Merrett, Cabinet Member for Transport, Planning and Sustainability, at City of York Council, said: “The quality of the entries and the enthusiasm of the children has been fantastic and I am delighted to see just how many took part. It is apparent from their entry forms that they appreciate how important it is to walk or cycle to school.”

For more information about i-Travel visit the i-Travel website, follow @iTravelYork on Twitter or like the Facebook page.

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