Pool Academy Students support BBC Radio Stoke’s Clean Start initiative

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Cornwall students spent an hour litter picking in Portreath after being inspired by a BBC Radio Stoke clean-up campaign.

Pool Academy’s Principal Claire Meakin heard about the #BBCCleanStart project the radio station was running and knew it was something the school would love to get involved with.

Ten Year 7 students travelled to Portreath with gloves that were donated by Macsalvors, litter pickers and other items lent to them from Surfers Against Sewage group.

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The sun was shining as they picked up litter from pavements and a play area in the village. They found many items of rubbish including plastic, crisp packets, a milk bottle and more. There was also some delight when a couple of children spotted hidden painted rocks.

BBC Radio Stoke were so impressed news of their project had spread as far as Cornwall that they interviewed a Pool Academy staff member on their afternoon show.

Students taking part in the event gained points towards their Citizenship Award for helping the community.

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Kaj Skjervik, from #LovePortreath, said: "The need for us as human beings to tackle environmental issues such as littering and single use plastics, is something of an urgency. It feels like the students I have met at Pool Academy already know this. Investing their time and energy into our village is quite simply an amazing gesture. 

“The sense of community and feel-good, cannot be measured.

“Our want is for the students to feel like this is their village as much as ours and for them to be proud of it. I think this is the start of quite a unique relationship."

Photographs of the day were posted online with #BBCCleanStart so that people at BBC Radio Stoke could see what everyone was up to.

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