Birmingham schoolboy wins £10,000 eco-garden for his school
An artistic schoolboy from Birmingham has won his classmates a £10,000 eco-garden, after wowing judges with his winning design of a ‘little litterbug.’
Sean, aged 9, from St. John Fisher Catholic Primary School in Birmingham won the Viking for Schools ‘Little Litterbug’ drawing competition – beating off stiff competition from 6,500 entries across primary schools in England. The competition asked for pupils to draw a little litterbug – a creature or machine that is able to recycle classroom rubbish.
Judges from schools supplier Viking and competition partner, Support Your School recycling scheme, praised Sean’s “RIO bug” because of its environmentally friendly way of reusing classroom materials. Sean’s design showcased creativity and reality, its name, “RIO,” stands for, “Rub It Out,” as the creature rubs writing off of papers so they can be reused again.
The Little Litterbug competition was open to pupils 11 years of age and under encouraging children across the country to think about the environmental impact of their classroom rubbish.
Sophie Christopher, Head of Events, PR & External Marketing Communications at Office Depot, said: “It was incredibly hard to judge from the short listed entries but we felt that Sean’s “RIO bug” was a fantastic idea and we were amazed by the thought and attention to detail that he had put into his design. The Little Litterbug competition has been a great opportunity for children to learn more about how they can help the environment and make their school more eco-friendly.”
Mrs. Murphy, Head teacher of St John Fisher, said: “We are over the moon with the wonderful eco-garden won by Sean; it has really brought the outdoor learning environment to life in the school and the community.”
Mike Berry, Manager of the Support Your School recycling scheme, added: “We had an extremely difficult job choosing the winner from such an array of innovative and imaginative entries, but we are so pleased with the winning design and the effort shown by all of the children who entered the competition.”
Travelling in a car to school,
Isn’t really very cool,
Because it wastes so much fuel,
So help us all lower pollution,
Walking to school is the solution.
Turn off the lights when it’s not dark,
Don’t drop litter in the park,
Don’t leave your telly on standby,
And now I’ll tell you the reason why…
Tonnes of rubbish everyday,
From all our cities gets thrown away.
So it’s up to every man –
To recycle everything he can,
And if we work hard for all we’re worth…
We may be able to save the Earth!
RED signifies danger everywhere,
WHITE is for purity, clean and fair,
BLACK is so sinister, dank and dark,
BLUE is thought to be cold and stark,
GOLD is the prize for winning first place
But GREEN is the colour of ecologies’ face!