Junior Street Champions on a mission to clean up our streets

‘Eco’ minded pupils from a primary school in Telford, completed their training today to help with their mission to tidy up the streets around where they live and study.

Junior Street Champions on a mission to clean up our streets

Pupils from Ladygrove Primary School are the first school to achieve accreditation in a new initiative called the Junior Street Champion Accreditation Scheme.

The scheme run by Veolia in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council aims to teach young children about social responsibility and recycling.

The children have taken part in a series of workshops, each one teaching them how to become a fully pledged ‘Junior Street Champion’.

Dressed in high visibility vests and hard hats, they have each completed a street audit and a number of workshops to learn about food waste and recycling; all designed to assist them with their pledge to clean up Telford streets.

Some schools have also benefited greatly after being provided with a purpose built area so the children can try their hand and composting.

Steve Mitchell, Director for Veolia, said: ‘The scheme provides the children with a great sense of pride in their community, as well as a foundation knowledge on recycling and waste management, both at school and at home.

"It is so important to educate the next generation to look after where they live. I am delighted to see schools embracing the scheme and look forward to seeing it grow over the next few years and months.’

The scheme is open to all schools in Telford as part of the ‘Pride in Your Community Programme.’ Schools can get more information on the scheme by contacting Community Liaison Officer Harry Weaver at harry.weaver@veolia.com.

Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: "A big well done to everyone at Ladygrove Primary School – they have shown fantastic commitment and pride in their community and deserve to become the first school to receive Junior Street Champion Accreditation."