Youngsters clean up their community

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STUDENTS swapped their school bags for rubbish sacks for a Big Tidy Up.

Year two pupils at Castleford’s Redhill Infant School used litter-pickers to clean up a conservation area during the national campaign last week.

Helen Pickup, year two teacher, said: “The children had a fantastic time cleaning up their school and managed to remove 12 bags of rubbish from the area.

“They feel really proud to have made a difference in their community.”

Children decided to organise the clean-up after carrying out an environmental audit of the area.

They also asked if an area between the Queen’s Park Drive school and neighbouring Redhill Junior School could be cleared with help from Wakefield Council’s street scene team.

Officers from Castleford neighbourhood policing team and West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service were also involved in the project.

Mrs Pickup said: “The children decided which areas needed tidying and were proud to have made a difference in their community.

“They didn’t take part in the clean-up of the path between the schools, but they watched as big machines were brought in to give the area a thorough clean.

“People have been commented at how good the ginnel looks now. The project has been a massive success.”