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