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Lydgate Junior School – Raising Awareness of Plastic Pollution

By June 8, 2019Blog

Amazing work Lydgate Juniors!

We received an email this week from the teacher involved the great environmental that’s taking place at Lydgate Junior School and it’s no exaggeration to say how blown away we were! Their efforts to raise awareness of plastic pollution was not just limited to within their school, or to the parents and carers of the pupils – no, they succeeded on spreading key environmental messages far and wide.

Here’s what they did:

  • We launched a whole school campaign to reduce our use of single use plastic as a school and a local community.
  • Our children wrote many letters, including some to:
    • our local community forum
    • our governors
    • our council
    • The Sheffield Star (daily local paper)
    • BBC TV News and BBC Radio Sheffield telling them about our campaign and inviting them to our awareness raising march.
  • Look North (local BBC new channel), Radio Sheffield and The Sheffield Star all came to the march.

Yes, that’s right – they organised a march and hit the streets in protest and to positively raise awareness. That kind of commitment (from the pupils and the school) is amazing and we’re sure the children will remember that for the rest of their lives. And well done Look North, Radio Sheffield and The Sheffield Star for valuing the school’s efforts and reporting on it.

And there’s more… the school had a very creative idea around how to draw attention to personal use of plastic and create a beautifully visual and thought-provoking collage to serve as a long-lasting reminder that tackling plastic pollution won’t be fixed overnight, it’s going to take an ongoing commitment from us all to cut single-use plastic from our lives.

The school asked families to send in photo’s of their plastic waste for a week and made them into a plastic whale that is on display in their reception. And what a collaborative work of art it is!

Here’s another picture of it.

So, well done Lydgate school. You are an inspiration to us and we cannot thank you enough for all of your hard work. We really look forward to awarding your school Plastic Clever School status in the future.

Link to The Sheffield Star report

Header image credit: The Sheffield Star

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