NEWS & STORIES
By Alex Pang, Youth Engagement Officer
The Eco-warriors at St Andrew’s Primary School in Stockwell, London have been working hard to continue to raise awareness on environmental issues.
Having completed a variety of projects, ranging from building bird boxes, to learning more about rubbish, recycling and composting, they decided to carry out a litter pick.
The group have been educating their peers in the past year about the importance of the environment and how people interact with it.
Their previous task was to design posters to help the school understand why conserving water and electricity was important, as well as why recycling bins should be used. They took inspiration and ideas from the internet and produced their own creative and eye-catching posters to help spread these messages. After all their efforts throughout the year, the group agreed to have a mini trip to their local park to help tidy it up.
They began to research locations for their litter pick and created a list. The group also looked at the cost of litter pickers and where they could source them. After receiving permission from their teacher and parents, the group pressed ahead with their plans and couldn’t wait to go out!
They were fortunate to carry out their litter pick on a sunny day, even though it was extremely windy.
On first inspection their local park appeared very clean. However, clinging onto their bin bags, the Eco-warriors worked hard in pairs to pick up small pieces of litter which are often ignored or not spotted. They noticed that there was lots of litter particularly around bench areas and put their litter pickers to good use.
One student said, ‘’This is the best day ever!’’ as they celebrated their hard work by digging into some sweets and snacks.
The group are planning to deliver an assembly to tell the rest of the school about their efforts and have created a mini play about why recycling is important. They can’t wait to perform it!
Sadly this is the last session I have with the Eco-warriors. It has been a joy to work with them and St Andrew’s School, and a privilege to see the young people grow in confidence in their understanding on environmental issues. I know they will all continue to learn more about why protecting the environment is important, raise awareness on such issues and do their best to positively influence others!
St Andrew’s CofE School is supported by Youth Engagement Officer Alex, funded by #iwill
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