Lessons in clearing up

Coun James Blackburn helps pupils from Easington Lane Primary school take part in the Big Tidy up as part of the Love where you Live campaign.

Coun James Blackburn helps pupils from Easington Lane Primary school take part in the Big Tidy up as part of the Love where you Live campaign.

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KIDS have been showing the adults how it’s done by keeping the area around their school litter-free.

As part of the Love Where You Live campaign which has seen activities organised by the city council taking place across Sunderland all week, youngsters from Easington Lane Primary have been getting their hands dirty in a bid to make their school shine.

More than 30 children took part in the litter pick.

Headteacher Sarah Nordstrom said: “We’re really proud of our school. Unfortunately people don’t seem to take as much pride in the area outside the premises so we want to help look after that.

“We have worked with the police and Gentoo before to improve Easington Lane so taking part in this campaign just seemed like the logical next step.

“The children really enjoy it. They like doing things that are hands-on and they feel valued for doing an important job.

“It might not seem important to some people but it gives them a sense of pride.”

She added: “If you look at all the bad press children get it gives the people in the community the opportunity to see the pupils doing something positive.

“This isn’t a one-off thing. This is something that we will continue to do in the future.”

Click here for details of more activities and clean-ups and see tomorrow’s Echo.