Saturday, May 31, 2008

Prince Albert Schools Tackle Town’s Litter

-Imke Maeyer-

On Friday, 6 June 2008 the grades 1 to 6 children of Hoërskool Zwartberg and the grade 3 learners of Prince Albert Primêr will move through areas of our town where litter is a problem. They will clean up and sort the rubbish in support of the recycling project which will be up and running very soon.

The project is a collaborative effort between the two schools and the Prince Albert Solid Waste Management Forum and is the start of a campaign to raise awareness about issues of waste management. The schools would like to do similar and ongoing projects of this nature if the campaign is successful.

The project has a number of aims:
· Cleaning our town and making it a better place for all to live.
· Increasing awareness of our success in the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Cleanest Town competition – in 2007 we won the prize for most improved town!
· Raising awareness of school children and adults about littering and recycling.

The rubbish pick up will be preceded by a poster competition and a play by the Patchwork Theatre about pollution and waste. The play will be performed for all the classes from grade 1 to 6 in both schools. The Matric science learners will give a talk to the older children about global warming.

The children in the pick-up campaign will receive a healthy, filling snack to motivate them and give them strength on their mission. To encourage participation, there will be prizes for the biggest collectors, most enthusiastic collectors, etc.

Teachers will accompany the children. As 250 children will participate on the day, if anybody would like to join us to collect litter or assist in supervising the children, or in any other way, we would be MOST grateful and who knows, there might be a prize in store for you too!

If you have any advice, or if you feel you can assist in any small or even big way, please contact Imke Maeyer at 023 5411 184 or Ellen Nicol at 023 5411953 for further information.

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