Pupils prove they are up to the Challenge

Some of the pupils with their clothes recycling centre.
Some of the pupils with their clothes recycling centre.

Pupils from Morecambe Road School won a top regional award for their environmetal work in the community.

The youngsters took the gold award in the Special Schools category of the Chairman’s Challnge 2014, winning £625 in the process to be spent at the school.

To win the award a group of pupils at Morecambe Road School undertook a pledge to protect the environment.

To do this, they undertook different activities, such as doing a litter pick with McDonalds staff to find out just what people throw away as rubbish.

Then they went to a local primary school, Thurnham Glasson CE School, which has green flag Eco School status, to find out ideas from them.

They decided that they wanted to make people think about recycling. They liked the way everyone at Glasson Dock knew about the school’s recycling projects.

The children went back to their own school bursting with ideas about setting up a new recycling centre in school, not just the battery box in the office in the corner, but somewhere where everyone could see it. They set up a recycling centre in the main heart of their school.

To make other pupils aware of the need to recycle they held their own assembly, as well as writing about it in the school newsletter to get parents and families to recycle.

At Christmas the youngsters did their own Waste Not Want Not stall at the school Christmas Fayre. They sold Eco fire kits with recycled paper logs, bird feeders made out of yoghurt pots, Christmas decorations and paper tags.

In January a clothes recycling centre turned up at school. This means they can raise money for school and for the Salvation Army.

The pupils have also encouraged the collecting of used postage stamps (an idea from the primary school) which can be used by Wolfwood Animal Rescue. Wolfwood went into school to show uoff two of their dogs in an assembly and told the children about the rescue centre.

As joint winners of the Chairman’s Challenge, the school received a plaque as well as the £625 prize money.

County Coun Michael Devaney said, “The challenge is a great opportunity for children to think about important values such as taking notice of the world around them and giving something back to the community.”