Southland youngsters clean up town
Southland youngsters are doing their bit to clean up the community, and hope to educate people to do the right thing while they are at it.
A group of children from Ranui Kindergarten went for a walk through their Invercargill neighbourhood on Thursday, picking up litter, delivering letters about being clean in the community, and spray-painting fish next to drain pipes to remind people to keep waterways clean.
Teacher Mel McKerchar said it was about keeping the fish safe.
Along the walk, she pointed out hazards to the children, including a straw about to fall down a drain that could clog a turtle’s nose or fish’s gills.
The same day, Edendale Primary School and Wyndham Primary School joined forces with Fonterra staff to clean up their community.
Fonterra environmental manager Vijay Lal said there were about 300 people involved in the mass clean-up mission, including students, teaching
The clean-up had been an annual initiative for many years at Edendale Primary School, and Wyndham Primary School had joined for the past two, Lal said.
The mission was in line with the Keep New Zealand Beautiful theme, even though it did not fall on the national week, he said.
‘‘It’s a community initiative to let us be proactive in the community.’’
They usually collected about 40 bags of rubbish. This year, Edendale students found empty beer bottles, a stream of bubble wrap and even an unidentified, staff and rusted metal object in a bush.
The children enjoyed getting out of the classroom with a team to clean up the neighbourhood.
‘‘They love it ... it’s more about connecting with the community.
‘‘When we collect and pick up litter, we all make a difference. It helps the whole community look better.’’
The schools had previously worked together so it was ‘‘natural’’ for them to come together for this event, Lal said.
A sausage sizzle took place after the clean-up at both schools.
‘‘It’s a small reward for the effort put in.’’
Primary School students Jamie Read, 10, and James Webber, 5.