Reston Primary School pupils are Clean Up Heroes

Pupils from Reston Primary School win national recognition

Pupils from Reston Primary School in the Scottish Borders have been named as our Clean Up Scotland Heroes of the Month for their fantastic stickers which encourage bin use in the school.

The pupils took part in the competition, organized by Grantshouse Community Council and the school, to design a sticker for bins to deter littering. Depending on their age and stage, the pupils coloured in a poster label or designed their own posters. The winning entries were chosen by Catherine Cunnane of Grantshouse Community Council and Alice Fisher from Sea the Change. Catherine Cunnane also happens to be a mum of a Reston Primary School pupil who came up with the idea for the competition.

The winning sticker from the nursery-aged pupils showed pieces of litter urging pupils to bin their rubbish. The winning sticker from the primary school category encouraged pupils to not be a litterbug. Entries were submitted by pupils across the school, and other entries included depictions of a sad world and a hungry litter monster!

The school was presented with the award, and a litter picking kit donated by Helping Hand Environmental, by Barry Fisher, our CEO, on 31 October 2022 at a celebration event in the Scottish Borders Council HQ.

Jill Horsburgh, Reston Primary School Head Teacher said, “This was a meaningful, hands-on learning experience for all the children who attend Reston Nursery and Primary School. The competition reinforced the important message about Keeping Scotland, in particular Berwickshire, Beautiful. Thank you to Grantshouse Community Council, Trevor Warne and Cllr Anderson for inviting us to share our good work. We are all wearing our Keep Berwickshire Tidy badges which were presented to us by Mr Warne and Mrs Cunnane.”

Barry Fisher, our CEO, who also presented certificates of achievement to 16 community groups who took part in either the national Beautiful Scotland or It’s Your Neighbourhood initiatives this year, commented, “It is always inspiring to hear about young people and communities who are committed to taking action for our environment. I would like to congratulate all the pupils of Reston Primary School, especially the winning pupils, for their creative designs as these posters will remind their classmates to bin their litter and protect our planet. And I would also like to thank the communities across the Scottish Borders for their commitment to keeping Scotland beautiful by joining our Beautiful Scotland and It’s Your Neighbourhood network.”

Larni Williams-Davies, Marketing Manager at Helping Hand Environmental said, “We have been proudly supporting the Hero of the Month Award since 2014 - over that time we have highlighted and rewarded over 85 Scottish litter heroes with kits of sustainable litter picking equipment for their continuous efforts to Keep Scotland Beautiful. We would like to congratulate October’s winner Reston Primary School for their tremendous efforts and thank them whole heartily for all they do to banish litter from their local community.”

If you know a clean up hero in your own neighbourhood, why not make a nomination to us at www.keepscotlandbeautiful.org/cleanupscotland

02 November 2022

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