Kids use creativity to combat litter and fly tipping in Eastwood

Published Friday, 7th June 2019
School children in Rotherham have seized the initiative to combat Pupils at Eastwood Village Primary School with their winning poster designs
School children in Rotherham have seized the initiative to combat Pupils at Eastwood Village Primary School with their winning poster designs

School children in Rotherham have seized the initiative to combat litter and fly tipping in their community.

School children in Rotherham have seized the initiative to combat litter and fly tipping in their community.

Pupils at Eastwood Village Primary School have put their creative skills to good use by designing new signs which encourage positive actions that people can take to keep their streets and communities clean and tidy. With messages such as ‘put your rubbish in the bin’ and ‘keep Eastwood clean’, our children are reminding everyone of their responsibility for looking after where they live.

The installation of the signs, which feature eight distinctive designs, follows a competition at Eastwood Village Primary, where children were asked to come up with their ideas for combating the issues that they are concerned about.

Councillor Wendy Cooksey, ward member for Rotherham East, was on the panel of judges. She said: “It is so encouraging to see that these children see the importance of looking after their community and, crucially, that they have a role to play in that too.

“The new signs are brilliantly simple, and as a result the children are setting a fantastic example for the adults!”

Kirsty Ridley, headteacher at Eastwood Village Primary School added: "We are always proud to have the chance to display our fantastic artwork in public. 

"These signs are an added bonus because as well as looking good, they provide a positive message which extends the pride pupils show in keeping our school clean to the local community. 

"I would like to express my thanks to the Council for giving us this opportunity."

The signs can be found on lampposts and columns throughout Eastwood village.