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Leeds school is sowing the seeds for a greener future

Kaiden Brockbank and Grace Oliver, planting in the polytunnel at Kippax North Junior, Infants and Nursery School

Kaiden Brockbank and Grace Oliver, planting in the polytunnel at Kippax North Junior, Infants and Nursery School

Pupils at a Leeds school are really growing places.

And youngsters at Kippax North Junior, Infants and Nursery School certainly know how to sow the seeds for a greener future.

They have their very own wind turbine to produce energy and special polytunnels to help grow fruit and vegetables.

And youngsters are also encouraged to scoot, cycle or walk to school every day.

Chris Clarke, learning mentor at the school, said: “Being green and sustainable is a big issue and we do lots of things in school to support this.

“We are constantly trying to teach children that being green isn’t just about recycling.

“It is about looking after the planet and taking care of it for generations to come.

“We try to teach children that you can reuse, repair and reduce what you are using as well as the important of sustainability.

“The children love it and their knowledge about this issue is phenomenal.”

The school also has a special collection bank for electrical goods to be recycled and pupils recycle paper, batteries and empty cartridges.

They have also teamed up with Kippax in Bloom to help make sure the school’s future continues to blossom.

And pupils are on a mission to collect tokens as part of the Yorkshire Evening Post’s ECO KIDS! challenge.

The YEP has teamed up with British Gas to give the chance for two schools to receive eco-friendly makeovers worth a combined total of £100,000.

Schools and their pupils can collect a variety of tokens that will be printed in the YEP every day until Saturday, April 19.

The two schools which collect the highest number of points will be crowned the champions and receive a special eco makeover.

Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the YEP, added: “This is a fantastic initiative and helps to inspire the next generation to think about a greener future.

“These fantastic makeovers will make a tremendous difference to our city’s schools.

“I would urge all schools to sign up and take part in this exciting eco challenge.”

The challenge is being run as part of British Gas’s Generation Green scheme, which teaches kids about energy and sustainability.

 

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