Active Schools Aberdeenshire’s mascot Archie got his letter to Santa Claus in the North Pole this Christmas with the help of local schoolchildren and their families as part of a virtual walking challenge.
Run in December, the ‘Step Into Christmas’ initiative allowed children of any ability at primary schools around the area to take part by walking outside.
The aim was for all participants to cumulatively walk the 2,300-mile distance to the North Pole over 28 days on Archie’s behalf to make sure his letter arrived.
Pupils at primary schools across Aberdeenshire were able to carry out some physical activity by walking round the playground or out in their local community and it also allowed and encouraged families to participate in physical activities during the ongoing restrictions.
Participants from around 20 schools and a number of family groups managed to walk an impressive 11,271 miles over the 28 days, a fantastic achievement well in excess of the target.
Special mention must go to Strathburn School in Inverurie, with a total of 2,041 miles, Portsoy School with 1,298 miles and St Fergus School with 1,052 miles.
Smaller schools like Glenbervie, Crathie and Bracoden also took part and managed to achieve some fantastic miles with so few pupils able to take part.
Feedback shows participants thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, saying it was a welcome boost for mental and physical health during these difficult times.