A group of four children, a governor and a parent from Dallas Road Community Primary School recently won a silver award for their recycling initiative.
The group were representing the Lancaster school at the countywide Chairman’s Challenge finals at County Hall in Preston.
The challenge has been running for 10 years and schools are encouraged to devise a green, healthy or keep safe initiative in school and work towards educating the children and local community about one or more of these themes.
The school was shortlisted in the family involvement category for their innovative project which involved making items that could be purposefully used around school out of Tetra Paks.
The current recycling arrangements in the local area don’t allow residents to put Tetra Paks in their recycling bins and so many people simply put them in their general waste bin.
This of course results in the paks ending up in landfill sites.
There are several designated places where tetra paks can be recycled locally but the onus is on residents to make the journey to these sites.
They are: Asda (Lancaster), Greaves Park (Lancaster), Tesco (Morecambe);,Bull Beck (Caton) and Keer Bridge (Carnforth).
Dallas Road children decided that collecting tetra paks and then making useful items out of them would both reduce landfill and provide resources in school, thus saving money.
The children designed a range of items including: desk tidies; water bottle holders, recycling bins, dry wipe boards, display board edging, maths games and many more.
They gave a fantastic account of themselves in their presentation at County Hall and came second overall which won them a silver certificate and £250 to spend in school.
The successful recipients of the silver award were Tommy Hankin, Tilly Daw, Temi Mustapha and Joshua Lee.
They were supported by parent Liz Hayes and governor Rebecca Parris.