Staff and pupils at two Leeds schools are today celebrating after winning the Yorkshire Evening Post’s Eco Kids challenge.
Kippax North Junior, Infant and Nursery and Westwood Primary schools are now both set to receive eco-friendly makeovers worth a combined £100,000.
Youngsters showed pupil power really does pay off after they managed to collect thousands of tokens to beat off the competition from other schools across the city.
Katie Harding, eco champion at Westwood Primary, said: “We were absolutely gobsmacked to find out that we had won the competition.”
And Katie said the win comes just after the school recently established its very own eco council.
She added: “We are just really grateful to everyone who has been involved and this wouldn’t have been possible without the YEP.”
The competition was run in conjunction with British Gas as part of the firm’s Generation Green scheme, which teaches youngsters about energy and sustainability.
British Gas Generation Green manager Richard Brook said: “Generation Green helps to turn schools into leaders of sustainability in their communities. It also inspires school children to help shape the way we consumer and generate energy in the future.
“We’re delighted to be providing £100,000 worth of energy improvements to Kippax North, Junior, Infant and Nursery and Westwood Primary schools today, and we look forward to seeing the results.”