School children have won an environmental award for their dedication to litter-picking.

The youngsters from Meltham CE Primary School have concentrated on dealing with litter problems in the village and have collected more than 50 bags of rubbish so far.

It’s organised by the school’s Eco Committee and their efforts have earned them The Eco Schools Green Flag with distinction. The flag is an annual accreditation to acknowledge, reward and celebrate a school’s ecological achievements.

Now the youngsters hope people in Meltham will follow their lead and never drop litter.

The Eco Committee is made up of 14 children aged 5 to 11 and school cover supervisors Adele Ingham and Caroline Pearson.

Adele said: “We look at three environmental topics each year. This year we have chosen to look at litter, energy and school grounds. The children have really engaged in our litter topic and have enjoyed litter picking in the school grounds and around Meltham.

Meltham CE Primary School pupils with their Keep Meltham Tidy posters

“Each time we go out into the community with our litter pickers the children are celebrated by local residents. We are always shocked by how much litter we do find, including pop bottles, cigarette waste, nappies and broken registration plates.

“We have pledged as a school community to collect 70 bags of litter this year through Keep Britain Tidy’s Litter Heroes campaign and have been encouraging the local community to join us through seeing our litter picking trips and our litter poster competition.”

All pupils were given the opportunity to design a poster to discourage littering and from the hundreds of entries the Eco Committee and staff shortlisted 37.

These were then judged by the Mayor of Meltham Clr Richard Noon and the finalists’ posters were displayed on a banner created by Meltham Town Council which is now displayed at the Carlile Institute in Meltham.

Written by ANDY HIRST who runs his own Yorkshire freelance journalism agency AH! PR ( specialising in press releases, blogging, website content and copywriting.


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