Local school kids spread community superhero message

Published: Tuesday, 29th March 2016

Kettering Council and St. Mary’s School promote safer environment for local children

Kettering Borough Council and St. Mary’s CEVA Primary School have teamed up to engage pupils on the importance of being a responsible dog owner, picking up litter and not fly-tipping. The children, aged five to eleven learned how they can help build a safer and better environment.

Every pupil in the school was asked to create community superhero poster based upon what they had learned, with the best designs to go up around the local area and in Mill Road Park to promote a positive message of keeping the area clean and tidy.

The project was sponsored by Central England Co-operative on London Road and saw each child receive a mini-Easter egg provided by the store, as well as large chocolate eggs for the best nine designs.

At the presentation ceremony on Monday 21st March, at the school on Fuller Street, it was announced that the winning students (pictured) were: Abbie, Alexandra, Amelia, Andrew, Henry, Nia, Samiha, Sasha and Yasmin.

Shirley Plenderleith, Head of Public Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:
“St Mary’s School has historically reported environmental and crime issues which have directly affected the school and its students, including rubbish, ASB, graffiti, dog fouling and fly tipping. Our wardens patrol regularly in order to combat dog fouling and other environmental crime and it’s been wonderful to see the children’s enthusiasm in their posters, showing support for their local community.”

Cllr Keli Watts, Kettering Borough Ward Councillor for William Knibb, said: “The pupils of St. Mary’s are the future of the area and it’s fantastic to see them engaged and excited about their local community at such a young age.”

Diane Wright, Head Teacher at St Mary’s CEVA Primary School, said:
"We are delighted to be working so closely with Kettering Borough Council, particularly with regards to improving our locality. Dexter was an absolute hit with all the children and staff. We certainly have driven home the message of keeping our neighbourhood clean and tidy and throwing away our doggy poo. Well done to all the winners of the competition. We look forward to building on the strong foundations with KBC as we grow our school community further."

Nathan Shepherd, London Road Co-operative Store Manager, said: 
“I was delighted to be involved in this initiative, which is part of our continuing relationship with Kettering Borough Council. It was fantastic to see how engaged all the students at the school were; they demonstrated real passion and enthusiasm to help combat environment issues in the local community. The posters created by the students were fantastic, a massive well done to everyone.”