Safer, cleaner and greener

Children from Highbury, Field Lane, Carr Green and Old Earth with members of the Safer Cleaner Greener team in front of the road sweeper at Highbury school as part of the litter picks they have all been taking part in
Children from Highbury, Field Lane, Carr Green and Old Earth with members of the Safer Cleaner Greener team in front of the road sweeper at Highbury school as part of the litter picks they have all been taking part in

RASTRICK primary schools have joined together to clean up their neighbourhood.

Pupils from Highbury School, Field Lane Primary School, Carr Green Primary School, Longroyde Junior School and Old Earth Primary have been out in the community clearing up unsightly litter.

Steve Whitaker, premises manager at Highbury and organiser of the event, said the schools wanted to incorporate the event into the recent Rastrick Together effort.

“I contacted all the junior schools in Rastrick so we could give something else back to the community and decided on a litter pick. Each school went out in their area picking up as much litter as they could find.”

The schools then came together at Highbury for a special assembly led by pantomime dame, Auntie Litter. As part of the events, Brian Mansfield and his team at the Safer Cleaner Greener department with Calderdale Council attended the school with the road sweeper and explained to the children what their jobs entailed.

Mr Whitaker added: “We have had a good response from the schools involved. I was hoping it would be successful because I wanted to make an impact. There is a lot of rubbish in the area and we wanted residents to see us doing something positive. I am hoping to try and encourage all junior schools next year to do the same sort of thing.”

Resident Mary Chesters who is part of the FLORA residents group in Field Lane said: “I think it is a fantastic idea to start children at a young age to learn about keeping the area they live in clean and tidy and also when they visit other areas.”

Pupils from Field Lane school were joined by PCSO James Boakes, from the Lower Valley Neighbourhood Policing Team.