South­land young­sters clean up town

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

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

Fon­terra staff.

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.’’

Eden­dale

Pri­mary School stu­dents Jamie Read, 10, and James Web­ber, 5.

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