School’s eco song message

FUNDRAISER: Alison Atkin,11, raises money for Richard Avenue Primary school by getting drenched.
FUNDRAISER: Alison Atkin,11, raises money for Richard Avenue Primary school by getting drenched.
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CHILDREN at a Sunderland school are on song when it comes to climate change.

Pupils at Richard Avenue Primary School have written and recorded their own tune, Flood Song, to highlight the importance of environmental issues.

SUMMER FUN: Hannah Kitchen with Richard Avenue Primary Eco Song.

SUMMER FUN: Hannah Kitchen with Richard Avenue Primary Eco Song.

They performed their work for parents and visitors at their summer fair, which also included the opening of the school’s new outdoor classroom.

Children from the school’s Eco Club joined Sunderland songwriter and performer Steve Angus and music producer James Hutchinson to write and record their song.

Flood Song is aimed at raising awareness of the risk of flooding in the local community and to provide information about how to prepare for climate change, including more extreme weather. During the summer fair the members of the Eco Club also ran their own climate change stall and handed out their own leaflets to visitors telling them how to be prepared for flooding.

Over the last two years, the school has been taking part in the Adaptation Challenge, set up by the Climate Change Schools Project, which encourages schools to work with residents and businesses to develop ideas that will address the risks they face from the impacts of climate change.

Teacher Rachel Angus, said: “It’s really important for children of all ages to be aware of the risks of climate change – especially of flooding – in our area.

“Through our involvement with the Climate Change Schools Project’s Adaptation Challenge, the children have gained a real sense of community spirit and are enthusiastically telling their parents and grandparents what to do to stay safe.”  Ms Angus said the children were thrilled to record their own song and every youngster took part.

Copies of the song are being sold, with the proceeds going toward the new outdoor classroom.

The project is based at the Science Learning Centre North East, part of Durham University, and is funded by the Northumbria Regional Flood Defence Committee and Environment Agency.

Dr Krista McKinzey, climate change schools project manager, said: “The Adaptation Challenge provides a wonderful opportunity for schools to be at the heart of their local communities, leading by example in positive ways on the impacts of climate change.”

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