Aboard the barge

Youngsters from Knottingley are taking a ride on a Pugwash barge as part of a special project to encourage positive life choices
Youngsters from Knottingley are taking a ride on a Pugwash barge as part of a special project to encourage positive life choices

Youngsters were treated to a ride down the river as part of a project to encourage positive life choices.

Students from Carleton Academy and The King’s School in Pontefract boarded the Pugwash barge to celebrate their involvement in the ‘CHOICE’ project.

Students soaked up the sun on their trip down the Knottingley and Goole Canal to keep up the good progress made before the summer holidays.

The trip promoted health and safety, discipline, team work, cookery skills and healthy eating as well as being a fun day out.

Coun Maureen Cummings, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for communities said: “This is a good opportunity for the young people involved in the programme to continue building on the positive work they’ve achieved so far and will be a fun and productive trip out.

“The CHOICE programme is important as it encourages young people to reach their full potential whilst also supporting their families.”

The programme is managed by Wakefield Council, Wakefield and District Housing, and Carleton Academy and identifies pupils at risk of underachievement.