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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2007, 16:20 GMT
Pupil wins bus fare campaign
George and the bus
George and his mother led the campaign for fare concessions
A pupil at Chatham South School in Kent is celebrating on School Report day after helping secure half-price bus fares for him and his fellow pupils.

George, who is in Year 8, spearheaded a campaign with his mother, Jenette, to persuade bus providers to subsidise services before 9am.

The news made front page on the Chatham South's School Report website, alongside a variety of other reports about the school, the area and even abroad.


Head teacher Vincent O'Mara said George's mother consulted him before setting up the campaign, and both George and mum addressed local councillors on the issue.

"The director of children's services told me that George presented his part of the case extremely well and that I should be very proud of him."

Mr O'Mara hopes the subsidies, which come into effect in September, will encourage parents to send their children to school on the bus rather than by car, helping Chatham South do its bit for the environment.

Another breaking-news story reported by the pupils was the announcement that the school was to receive a council grant of 1,000, which the pupils will help decide how to spend.

During their hectic day, the 30 12- and 13-year-olds also appeared on BBC regional television and local radio.

Mr O'Mara said: "They had a smashing time, a super day."

Pupils at Chatham South on School Report day

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