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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

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Schoolchildren clean Barrow streets

IT’S not often pupils are told to put down their books, go outside and pick up rubbish but that’s exactly what happened during a unique lesson at a Barrow school yesterday.

Youngsters from Yarlside Primary School in Red Oak Avenue, Barrow, cleaned their school grounds and nearby streets as part of a bid to keep their local area tidy.

Year Five teacher, Jill Reid, organised the event after getting inspired by the launch of the Big Clean in the Evening Mail last month.

She said: “We wanted to take part in the Big Clean to teach our pupils about how they can volunteer and look after their neighbourhood. We want to show everyone can make a contribution to keeping the site clean and safe, however small that might be.

“It’s important for us to lead by example and to all get involved.”

A total of 32 pupils took part in the cleaning blitz yesterday, arming themselves with green bin bags to dispose of litter that had accumulated on the premises including small bits of plastic, bottles and cardboard.

Barrow Borough Council provided equipment used during the unusual morning lesson, such as litter pickers and gloves.

Each pupil was also given an official Big Clean T-shirt to wear.

Passers by in Red Oak Avenue might have been surprised to see parades of enthusiastic children in their shirts as they worked in groups to battle the litter.

Headteacher Janine Pierce said she supported the Big Clean initiative.

She said: “I think its a good idea to show pupils the importance of looking after the environment.”

The Big Clean launched on September 28 and features a month of clean-up activities and projects.

It also highlights much of the work that is already taking place in Barrow and the surrounding borough to keep streets and green spaces clean by volunteers, organisations and community groups.

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

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