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Crossroads Primary School awarded litter campaign grant from Keep Scotland Beautiful

By Alan Hendry

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Crossroads is one of three primary schools in the Highlands to benefit from the anti-litter grant aid.
Crossroads is one of three primary schools in the Highlands to benefit from the anti-litter grant aid.

A Caithness primary school is one of three in the Highlands selected to receive grant aid from the environmental charity Keep Scotland Beautiful to help them tackle litter.

Crossroads primary, along with Scourie, in north-west Sutherland, and Aldourie, south of Inverness, are among 25 schools across Scotland awarded £200 to help develop and implement clean-up campaigns.

It is part of an international campaign called Litter Less.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions the schools will be adapting their activities and encouraging pupils to carry out local litter surveys or litter picks with their own households as part of their outdoor exercise.

Litter Less is an annual campaign led by Keep Scotland Beautiful on behalf of the Foundation of Environmental Education (FEE) and sponsored by the Wrigley Company Foundation. It runs in 15 countries worldwide and helps more than 1.3 million children and over 20,000 educators to improve and enhance the places they love in their own villages, towns and cities by campaigning to stop litter.

This is the ninth year that Keep Scotland Beautiful has run the campaign, and in that time £56,000 has been provided to 244 Scottish schools – helping them to become more "litter-ate" and to purchase litter-picking equipment and bins.

More than 4000 educators and 50,000 children and young people have been involved across Scotland.

Keep Scotland Beautiful’s education and learning manager, Daniel Barrie, said: “We are thrilled that we are once again able to support children and educators through the Wrigley Litter Less programme.

"The successful schools will be able to use the £200 grant to buy materials needed to run their anti-litter campaigns, to support local family clean-up events as part of their daily exercise and to assist educators to understand the issues and solutions. We very much look forward to seeing the summary reports and videos when the local campaigns conclude.”

Daniel Schaffer, chief executive officer of FEE, said: “Pollution, waste and litter are global problems that affect our health, our perception of the planet and the integrity of the natural world of which we are a part.

"With the generous support of the Mars Wrigley Foundation, FEE is able to use its global network of schools to bring large-scale positive change to students around the world through transformative educational methods based on concrete actions and solutions.”

The Litter Less campaign will support the participating schools to work towards achieving their international Eco-Schools Green Flag Award.

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