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Monday, 20 October 2014

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Barrow pupils head out on clean sweep

PUPILS got a lesson in street tidiness yesterday when they rolled up their sleeves and donned rubber gloves as part of the Evening Mail’s Big Clean 2013 drive.

Youngsters from Greengate Infant School searched the school’s grounds, parts of Barrow Park and surrounding streets for rubbish, picking up discarded crisp packets, bottles and cans, as well as keeping green spaces clean.

Many parents joined their children in the community tidy-up operation, which came a day ahead of the official launch of this year’s Big Clean.

Caroline Hoggarth, headteacher at Greengate Infant, Nursery and Pre-School, said pupils learned about the importance of keeping their local environment clean during a one-hour cleaning blitz in the morning.

She said: “It was fantastic. We collected 10 bin bags full of rubbish, which I think is brilliant for one hour’s work.

“It just shows how important it is to keep our area tidy and how welcome these community events are.

“I didn’t realise how much litter there was around here but it does all add up.

“We wanted our pupils to get more involved in their community and learn about being a responsible citizen.

“We had lots of parents come to help and builders from a nearby building site volunteered to help too.

“We will definitely be taking part next year.”

Pupils were each given a Big Clean T-shirt for the morning session and Barrow Borough Council provided litter pickers, gloves and bin bags to help the school in their efforts.

Around 40 youngsters from Year Two classes took part in the operation, which coincides with an ongoing citizenship project.

The Big Clean launches today at 10am in the town centre, with volunteers tackling rubbish in areas of their choosing. It will launch a month of clean-up activities.

To find out how to get involved, email jonathan.robinson@cnmedia.co.uk.

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