Newbuildings Primary School pupils recently took leave from their school books to clean up the streets within their local community as part of the Housing Executive’s Junior Warden project.
They filled several black bags with litter that had been discarded around the streets, green areas and the play park neighbouring their school.
The clean-up is part of the Junior Warden Project, co-ordinated by the Housing Executive’s Social Education Officer and co-funded by the Derry & Strabane Policing and Community Safety Partnership. The Council’s Community Safety wardens joined the children on the day to help out.
There are over 550 school children in Derry-Londonderry taking part in this year’s Junior Warden Project.
The project is running in eleven local schools Ebrington PS, Greenhaw PS, Holy Family PS, Model PS, Newbuildings PS, Oakgrove IPS, Sacred Heart PS, St Anne’s PS, St Pauls PS, St Patricks PS and Steelstown PS.
In addition to the clean-up the kids are takin g part in anti-social behaviour talks, a poster competition, environmental activities, civic pride tours, and a photography project that will culminate with an exhibition in the Playhouse at the end of the school year.
The Housing Executive’s Social Education officer, Patrick Duddy, said: “Community clean-ups are a great way to get the kids involved in taking care of their own community.
“It also allows them a chance to see how even small pieces of litter can gather and impact how an area looks and feels.”