Pupils look after the planet!

Let's stop throwing away and start recycling!-Widdrington Station's Grange View First School pupils make a point at a Green Day event held at the school.
Let's stop throwing away and start recycling!-Widdrington Station's Grange View First School pupils make a point at a Green Day event held at the school.
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IT’S easy being green at a Northumberland school.

For pupils at Grange View First School in Widdrington Station have spent a week learning all about energy efficiency and being environmentally friendly.

The school already benefits from solar panels and compost bins, while children grow vegetables for the kitchen.

But this month, the young eco-warriors took their activities to another level with Green Week.

It started with a visit from Northumbrian Water’s Little Green Riding Hood, who taught children about the importance of saving water.

Pupils gave a donation to dress in green and brought in bags of old clothes to be recycled by Cancer Research.

They also enjoyed a waste-free packed lunch, with re-usable containers and no disposable packaging.

And they created their own character The Green Grainger, which will feature on posters around the village that can be scanned by a smartphone to link to animations designed by pupils about litter picking and other green activities.

Teacher Lauren Chapman said: “The week was all about being more energy-efficient and looking after the planet. The School Council was behind the whole week.

“The children definitely enjoyed it.

“When they came dressed in green, they each donated £1 and the money raised will be used to try to buy something for the school to be more green, whether it is a recycled bench or updated lighting with sensors.

“The School Council will research it all and decide what to spend the money on.”