Community’s clean-up

Pupils from Girnhill Lane school, Featherstone, help clean up Verner Street.'Katie Young and Corey Eccles with other year 2 pupils.'p303a237

Pupils from Girnhill Lane school, Featherstone, help clean up Verner Street.'Katie Young and Corey Eccles with other year 2 pupils.'p303a237

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YOUNGSTERS at a Featherstone school got their hands dirty helping to clear up their community.

Pupils from Girnhill Infant School donned high-vis vests and brandished litter pickers to encourage residents to keep Verner Street clean and tidy.

Students took part in the Wakefield Council action day as part of the ‘Love Where You Live’ campaign, urging residents to improve their local environment and have pride in their community.

Sally Lowe, headteacher, said: “The police informed us of the day and to see if we wanted to take part and the thing the children noticed the most is they recognised different family members lived in the area, so they had a real incentive to make it cleaner and safer for families.

“Community cohesion is a really important element of what we do in school so we try to take as many opportunities as we can.

“It makes it very real for the children it widens their experience beyond the school.”

The council, West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield and District Housing, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and the NHS all took part offering a range of activities and events throughout the day.

Staff from the different services were on hand to answer questions and provide a range of activities including fitness taster sessions, games and circus skills and an appearance from the fire service mascot, ‘Blaze Bear’.

Coun Maureen Cummings, council cabinet member for environment and communities, said: “It is fantastic that communities are embracing the ‘Love Where You Live’ days and helping us in our bid to clean up the district.

“I hope everyone takes advantage of all the activities planned and gets involved with the campaign’s message.”

For information on how you can get involved with ‘Love Where You Live’ visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/LWYL or the Facebook page LWYL Wakefield.