Thursday, 14 February 2013

School activities to benefit local environment

Pupils at a south Leeds school have taken part in a fun filled eco-week to re-invigorate their commitment to the environment.

Already keen recyclers, staff and pupils at Beeston primary school launched themselves into five days of green-themed tasks to re-launch their school-wide recycling efforts.

Their week kicked off with a visit from one of the council’s locally based community environment officers who spoke to the pupils from all year groups about the importance of looking after and respecting their surroundings.

Following the visit, pupils conducted a census of rubbish in the area surrounding the school and collected thirty bags of litter. Their litter pick extended to the local park too.

Classes then rolled their sleeves up to take part in a variety of environmentally friendly activities: year one pupils made hats and handbags out of junk; year two pupils got to grips with how to dispose of litter properly; year three pupils made roman costumes out of junk; and year six pupils delved into the world of renewable energy.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for the environment said:

“The enthusiasm of everyone at the school has bowled me over. Reducing our impact on the local environment needs everyone to be aware of that impact and to take action where appropriate.

“Fun and informative events like these educate children about the positive things they and their families can do to ensure a sustainable environment for the future. I’m pleased that they are setting such a great example to others.”

Chris Lees, headteacher at Beeston primary school said:

“The pupils are very much aware of the need to recycle and conserve energy and they play a really active role within the school. The aim of the week was to harness their enthusiasm and make sure their positive outlook has a benefit on our local community.”

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Amanda Burns, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1577


Children and young people in south Leeds get cash boost for new projects

Children and young people in south Leeds will benefit from a range of new and exciting initiatives as part of £100,000 that has been invested by the area committee

The inner south area committee has invested over £100,000 of its wellbeing fund in a range of activities including cooking classes, dance classes, bike maintenance and training for young junior reporters.

Submissions were invited from the area committee as to what would best benefit the area, and over £300,000 of submissions were made.

Out of these submissions, 13 projects have been approved, all of which will be put in place by 1st April.

Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee, said:

“We’re really excited about the range of activities for young people that we’ve agreed to fund for 2013/14.

“ Many of the projects will be delivered by organisations that we haven’t funded before or from organisations that have proposed new and innovative opportunities for young people in the area”.

Notes to editors:

See below for a full list of the 13 projects;

OrganisationProject Approved
DAZLDAZL -Community Dance Leaders 9,375
Breeze TeamBreeze Friday Night Project10,000.00
Health For AllJunior Reporters7,500
Health For AllLittle Chefs7,580
Leeds 2 SuccessGrand Jury8,520
The Hunslet ClubAfter school vocational training31,680
Youth Service - MPYouth …Celebrate4,000
Youth Service - MiddletonHoliday Youth Activities10,000
Youth Service - MPJoined up - generational youth3,000
South Leeds Music CentreSLMC summer project2,160
Cottingley Youth ProjectCottingley Youth Project Transition4,980
The worksBike maintenance and BMX course2, 224
South East Area Support TeamActivities Brochure12,000 (estimate)

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Catherine Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450