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GORDON HENDERSON MP

FOR SITTINGBOURNE & SHEPPEY

Island storytellers rewarded

Halfway Primary School this week organised a special Eco Assembly to celebrate scooping the prizes in a Swale-wide short story writing competition, part of the 2009 Litter Angels anti-litter campaign.

Pupils at the school on the Isle of Sheppey, came first in both age categories. Abbie Allen won the 5-9 year old category and Fahima Ali won in the 10-13 age group. In addition Aimee Summers and Mya Chisholm were awarded merit certificates.

The winners were each awarded a certificate, a Litter Angels plaque and £25 worth of book tokens.

The prizes were presented by the James Apps, Chairman of the Sheppey and Sittingbourne Writers Group, who judged the final entries; Sioux Peto, manager of the Polka Dot Art Centre in Teynham; and Gordon Henderson, Director of the Swale Community Action Project, who organised the competition.

Halfway School also won £25 worth of book tokens for each winning entry and these were presented to the deputy head teacher, Michelle Crowe, by Gordon Henderson.

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 to encourage residents of all ages to keep Swale clean and green.

“This is the first year we have run a short story competition in addition to the Litter Angels anti-litter poster competition and I have to say the standard of the final entries was exceptionally high.”

Litter Angels 2009 was sponsored by SCAP, the Polka Dot Art Centre and SWEEEP, the electrical waste processing plant in Sittingbourne.

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Backrow (l-r) Gordon, Sioux Peto, James Apps
Frontrow (l-r) Mya Chisholm, Fahima Ali, Aimee Summers and Abbie Allen

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