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Thursday, 02 October 2014

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Big Clean campaign picks up in Dalton

YOUNGSTERS in Daltonvowed to clean up their community as part of a campaign to keep litter off the streets.

Pupils at George Romney Junior School added their weight to the Big Clean campaign by donning their gardening gloves and bagging and binning discarded rubbish on Saturday.

Headteacher David Reddy said as well as providing essential maintenance the event would teach his pupils a valuable life lesson.

He said: “We are doing this for two reasons really. First of all we do a lot of environmental work in school and the litter pick ties in with that. The other reason is that we wanted to do something that shows we are part of the wider community.

“We have a range of children from Year Three to Year Six taking part and it is a really good opportunity to teach them to take responsibility for their community.”

The litter pick began in school grounds and moved to the streets surrounding the school.

“It’s a good way of getting people thinking about cleaning up the streets. Hopefully if someone sees what we are doing it could make them stop and ask and then they might support the idea behind it,” said Mr Reddy.

Lynda Kirkby, 64, from Askam, had been encouraged to volunteer for the campaign by her eager grandchildren Thomas Kirkby, seven, and Danielle Kirkby, five.

She said: “I got a phone call last night from Thomas saying ‘are you coming grandma?’ so I just said yes! The idea is very good. I lived in Dalton for 42 years and the streets around the school can get into a real mess, especially Cleator Street. When people put their bins out rubbish can get missed.”

Higher level teaching assistant Roxane Lawson said: “The children really enjoy lessons outside at school. I think it’s also really important to get them thinking about taking care of their communities from a young age and for them to set a good example.”

Freya Reddy, eight, said: “I have picked up a lot of crisp packets today. I don’t like it when people drop litter.”

Dalton mayor Ann Thurlow came down on the day to help the youngsters clean up.

She said: “I think it’s great to encourage children to take care of their environment. It’s shocking that people can drop litter in a school especially where the children play.”

The Big Clean is organised by the North-West Evening Mail along with partners Barrow Borough Council and South Lakeland District Council and the Lake District National Park Authority and is sponsored by Centrica Energy.

Contact jonathan.robinson@nwemail.co.uk and jonathan.lee@nwemail.co.uk if you want to get involved and organise a Big Clean event.

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