They’re stick­ing to their eco prin­ci­ples

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By JO McKEN­ZIE-McLEAN

An Alexan­dra school has turned down a cor­po­rate of­fer of fi­nan­cial sup­port be­cause it clashes with its En­vi­roschool sta­tus.

A group of St Ger­ard’s School pupils is chal­leng­ing The Ware­house to change its char­i­ta­ble do­na­tion pol­icy which they say sup­ports bad en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tise.

St Ger­ard’s School pupils turned down an of­fer to be a re­cip­i­ent of the ‘‘Bags for Good’’ scheme run at Ware­house stores across the coun­try.

The scheme in­volves cus­tomers re­ceiv­ing a card­board to­ken if they pur­chase a bag which they use to nom­i­nate a char­ity or com­mu­nity group to give money to.

St Ger­ard’s School prin­ci­pal Trina East­wood said the school was ap­proached about be­com­ing a re­cip­i­ent of the ‘‘Bags for Good’’ pro­gramme, which, as an En­vi­roschool, she took to the stu­dent-led en­viro group.

‘‘I told them we might get $400-$600 but they were amaz­ing. They unan­i­mously said no, we don’t be­lieve plas­tic bags are good for our en­vi­ron­ment so we should not sup­port some­thing like this.’’

The en­viro group was made up of 15 pupils from Years 5 to 8, she

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