Maltby artwork on the move

Published Monday, 10th November 2014
Children from Maltby Crags and their artwork
Children from Maltby Crags and their artwork

Impressive artwork from a Maltby primary school is being used to spread the environmental message round the town.

Keen environmentalists from Maltby Crags Community School got a huge surprise on Tuesday November 11, when they discovered their designs featured on local waste and recycling vehicles.

The youngsters, who are all involved in the Maltby Crags Junior Warden Scheme, produced the artwork to promote Rotherham Streetpride's 'Love my Street' campaign.

Now their designs have been turned into banners and fitted to two Council waste collection vehicles - a black bin lorry and a recycling vehicle - which paid a surprise visit to the school.

Nicola Hacking from the Council's Community Involvement Team said the unveiling of the banners on the vehicles was the first time that the youngsters had actually seen their artwork.

She added: "The children didn't know that we had done this. They thought the art work was going to be used as entries for a local art competition. Instead they will regularly see their artwork on the move as the two vehicles will be used in and around Maltby to collect the waste."

Teresa Struggles from Maltby Crags Community School said she was sure the arrival of the Council's bin lorries would really bring home the message. She said: "This project grows from strength to strength each year and the pupils enjoy taking part and learning new ways in which they can help to keep Maltby a great place to live!”

With the support of Wentworth Valley Area Assembly, the school has successfully run an after-school Junior Wardens scheme for the past three years.

Cllr Mahroof Hussain, the Council's Cabinet Member for the Environment, added: "Maltby Crags Community School should be congratulated because it has really embraced this project, which began with about a dozen young people taking part in a series of activities to learn about their environment and how to keep safe. Now it is held each year - meaning that more and more young people in the town are learning about how to look after their local environment."

Nicola explained that the Crags Community School Junior Warden scheme runs from Easter until October with the project beginning with a five-week programme. During this time the group of students visit Lifewise at Hellaby; carry out an estate walkabout; pick litter in Maltby's Coronation Park as well as taking part in a workshop with the Rotherham Can project, which creates key rings out of recycled aluminium cans.

She said: "With new pupils wishing to get involved and with support from the school and Wentworth Valley Area Assembly, the group also continues to meet after school to litter pick in their local area."