Stu­dents clean up fast

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CAN­NON­VALE State School eco am­bas­sadors Lily Arena and Ben Ivers shared a proud mo­ment when they couldn’t even fill one bag with rub­bish from their school grounds.

On Fri­day the pri­mary school helped cel­e­brate World En­vi­ron­ment Day with the rest of globe.

“The goal is to pick up what lit­tle rub­bish we have at the school,” Ben said.

“Be­cause we’re right next to the reef and peo­ple need to be aware,” Lily added.

The eco am­bas­sadors ini­ti­ated the event where they di­vided up dif­fer­ent ar­eas of the school for dif­fer­ent classes to clean.

Their main pri­or­ity was the rain­for­est at the far end of the school that leads to a creek catch­ment.

“Most of the rub­bish isn’t even from our school,” Ben said.

On their sec­ond lunch break, Lily and Ben read en­vi­ron­men­tal sto­ries to younger classes.

The two Grade Six stu­dents love the Great Bar­rier Reef and af­ter sev­eral week­end train­ing ses­sions with Eco Barge’s Libby Edge, they are armed and ready to pro­tect their en­vi­ron­ment.

“I love look­ing af­ter the reef be­cause of all the unique wa­ter crea­tures it has,” Lily said.

“I love the science be­hind it. I want to be a marine bi­ol­o­gist when I grow up,” Ben said.

Grade Three teacher and Reef Guardian co-or­di­na­tor Kerri Head said Fri­day’s event was one of the times when not col­lect­ing a great deal of rub­bish ac­tu­ally meant a bet­ter re­sult.

MAK­ING A DIF­FER­ENCE: Can­non­vale State School Grade Three stu­dents In­di­anna Townsend, Air­lie Weller, Jade Healey (back), teacher and Reef Guardian co-or­di­na­tor Kerri Head, Sureti Roko­to­vaga, Grade 6 eco am­bas­sadors Lily Arena and Ben Ivers, Oxsen Prosser and Cody Gibbs do their part for World En­vi­ron­ment Day on Fri­day.

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