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Leighfield Primary School pupils clear litter from Uppingham streets

Pupils have spent the week clearing litter while raising money for a good cause.

Children at Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham participated in a week of litter picking from Saturday, May 15, through to Friday, May 21.

Families across the school took part to help clean up Rutland. The event was launched with a whole school environment day where the children learned about the importance of caring for the world around them and the impact of plastics on our environment.

Children from Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham took part in a week of litter picking
Children from Leighfield Primary School in Uppingham took part in a week of litter picking

Every child made a pledge on the day of how to be environmentally friendlier and then took to the streets of Uppingham and surrounding villages with their high visibility jackets and litter pickers.

They asked friends and family to either sponsor them to take part or make a donation per bag of rubbish collected.

Headteacher Sarah Eaton said: “The children did a great job and their enthusiasm and commitment to the week was very pleasing to see. So far they have raised a total of £1134.55.”

The parent teacher charity Friends of Leighfield have been fundraising to add an artificial turf to the school’s facilities to support the provision of physical activity all year round.

Rutland County Council provided bags but because of Covid-19, the school was unable to borrow safety equipment so Welland Vale Garden Centre and Goodwin and Belle kindly sponsored the school to buy the grabbers and high visibility jackets needed.

The school is considering making it an annual event as it was such a success.

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