“What a Load of Rubbish!” say Birch Class

Posted on: July 15, 2014

Our senior year have been taking part in some Community Action work in class and have identified areas of their community that need to be addressed. Emerald Park is a location that was picked out as a concern in regards to litter.Waste and Recycling Communication Officer at GYBC, Lisa Crook, visited the academy a few weeks ago to discuss with the pupils the importance of disposing of waste properly, in order to keep our community clean and safe.

On Friday 11th July Birch Class, equipped with litter pickers, bags and tabards arrived at Emerald Park ready to start their litter pick of the area. In their small groups children collected as much rubbish as they could find, which had been left on the park. Two environmental rangers were on hand to supervise the children with their community work. Pupils spent an hour scanning the field, footpaths and play area collecting litter such as plastic bottles, cans and sweet wrappers.

Mark Thompson, Vice Principal, said “I am proud of the attitudes the children have shown in taking a responsibility for an area of their community. Not only have the children had a positive impact on reducing the amount of litter on Emerald Park, they highlighted the issue with park users and have shown sceptics that young people do care passionately about where they live.”

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