Kids set out to help keep Nin­ga­loo beau­ti­ful

Pilbara News - - News - Bran­wen Smith

■ A group of Ex­mouth school chil­dren are col­lect­ing plas­tic from their com­mu­nity and send­ing it to be re­cy­cled.

The Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School Year 3 class were in­spired to be­gin their col­lec­tions af­ter their teacher Lu­cas Plum­mer set them the task of writ­ing per­sua­sive texts about the town’s need for re­cy­cling.

Ella See­ley, 8, and Elise Man­ning, 9, took the project to heart and be­gan col­lect­ing soft plas­tics for postage to Mel­bourne-based re­cy­cling or­gan­i­sa­tion Red Group.

Ella made a poster pro­mot­ing re­cy­cling to her class and in no time at all the girls had their en­tire class in­volved in col­lect­ing soft plas­tic rub­bish and sourc­ing fund­ing to cover postage costs.

The class col­lected rub­bish dropped around Ex­mouth and were soon also col­lect­ing soft plas­tic rub­bish in their homes and in­spir­ing their fam­i­lies to do the same.

Mr Plum­mer said be­cause the stu­dents live close to Nin­ga­loo Reef they talked about how spe­cial their sur­round­ings were.

“They see the power in set­ting the good ex­am­ple and be­ing the ones who start the process,” he said.

Ella said plas­tic in the ocean gath­ered into enor­mous piles.

“There are six big piles of rub­bish in the ocean and I felt scared that Nin­ga­loo Reef could get ru­ined,” she said.

Zac Lay, 8, said ev­ery­one in the class wrote to Ex­mouth’s Mrs Mac’s op-shop re­quest­ing fund­ing to pay for the postage in­volved in the re­cy­cling.

He said his thank you let­ter was one of sev­eral sent to Mrs Mac’s af­ter they do­nated $360 to cover a year’s worth of postage. Cape Con­ser­va­tion Group sec­re­tary Jack Hine said it was heart­en­ing to see the next gen­er­a­tion en­gag­ing in re­cy­cling.

“This is some­thing we will see fu­ture gen­er­a­tions do­ing as part of ev­ery­day life,” she said.

Year 3 at Ex­mouth Dis­trict High School are all for re­cy­cling with Zac Lay, Ella See­ley and Elise Man­ning hold­ing packs of plas­tic ready for post­ing.

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