Litterbugs are being targeted by students

COMMUNITY MESSAGE: Pictured with some of the anti-litter material being promoted at St Martin's Primary School are (back, from left) Owston Ferry Parish Councillors Barbara Wood, Ian Walker and Jan Williams, (middle) Romey Alcock (7) Thomas Latham (9) and Sam Hattersley (10), (front) Daniel Davey (7) and Hannah Thornton (5).

COMMUNITY MESSAGE: Pictured with some of the anti-litter material being promoted at St Martin's Primary School are (back, from left) Owston Ferry Parish Councillors Barbara Wood, Ian Walker and Jan Williams, (middle) Romey Alcock (7) Thomas Latham (9) and Sam Hattersley (10), (front) Daniel Davey (7) and Hannah Thornton (5).

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PUPILS at St Martin’s Primary School are targeting litterbugs in an attempt to clean up their community.

Over the last 18 months the school council has been actively forging stronger links with other community bodies such as Owston Ferry Parish Council and Isle MP Andrew Percy.

Councillor Jan Williams has visited St Martin’s several times to share information with the school council and to help identify and discuss local priority areas.

Headteacher Jo Buckle explained pupils ran a successful campaign throughout the summer term on ‘How to be A Responsible Dog Owner’ with leaflets and poster competitions.

“This was aimed at reducing dog fouling in the locale,” she added.

“We are now considering litter in the community, thinking about advice on being a good citizen and the impact of litter wherever you are.

“Chewing gum in particular seems to be something that the children have highlighted.

“The school council sent out surveys and these came back with suggestions of additional bins in prominent places in the community as well as children learning more about litter and pollution in schools.”

Pupils are now utilising Litter Busters promotional material from North Lincolnshire Council and have organised workshops for both infants and juniors to promote responsible behaviour.

Mrs Buckle said the school council was looking forward to working closely with the parish council on a number of areas throughout the academic year.

“Councillor Williams has kindly invited the school council to have a meeting in the parish council meeting room after Christmas so that is a really exciting development for 2012,” she added.