Chairwoman of the Swale Arts Forum, Sioux Peto, and Director of the Swale Community Action Project, Gordon Henderson, last week visited Bapchild & Tonge CEP School to present awards to the winners of the 2009 Litter Angels anti-litter poster competition.
The awards ceremony took place as part of a special assembly put on to celebrate the occasion. The assembly included a story about litter that was written by teacher, Susannah Butcher, and performed by the school’s Eco warriors.
Children from the school scooped both prizes in this year’s competition. Kathleen Rush won the 5-9 year old category and Ashley Hudson, who is now at The Sittingbourne Community Colleges, won the 10-13 age group Bapchild & Tonge.
Ms Peto presented each with a certificate, a plaque and £25 of book tokens.
The school also won £25 worth of book tokens for each winning entry and these were presented to the head teacher, Teresa Holman, by Gordon Henderson. In addition, Sioux Peto and Mr Henderson presented Mrs Holman with framed copies of the winning entries and these will be hung in the school’s reception area.
Mr Henderson, who is also Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Sittingbourne & Sheppey, said:
“Litter Angels is designed to highlight the importance of looking after our local environment and encourage residents of all ages to keep Swale clean and green, so it was really good to see how seriously Bapchild & Tonge Primary School takes ecological issues.
“Mrs Holman and her staff are setting an example that I very much hope will be taken up by more and more local schools.”
Litter Angels 2009 also included a short story competition. Judging is now taking place and the winners of this will be announced at the end of October.
Litter Angels 2009 was sponsored by SCAP, the Polka Dot Art Centre and SWEEEP, the electrical waste processing plant in Sittingbourne.