Sunderland pupils urge villagers to clear up their act

Coun Alan Emerson and Sunderland City Council Customer Relationship Officer, Victoria Patterson join pupils at St Paul�"s CE Primary School who have designed posters reminding members of the public to clean up after their dogs
Coun Alan Emerson and Sunderland City Council Customer Relationship Officer, Victoria Patterson join pupils at St Paul�"s CE Primary School who have designed posters reminding members of the public to clean up after their dogs
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“Clean up your act” – say youngsters who want to tidy up their area.

Green-friendly pupils from St Paul’s Primary School, in Ryhope, have been designing posters to urge the public to clean up their act, which will be displayed in village shops.

Students aged 10 to 11 years old worked with officers from the City Council’s Responsive Local Services team on the community clean up project, and focused on tackling dog fouling and litter around the school, which is based in Waterworks Road.

Sunderland Deputy Mayor and Ryhope Councillor Alan Emerson, said: “Sadly, the school had been in touch with the council saying it was worried about the dog fouling in and around the school grounds, and on the pavements outside.

“Council staff have been meeting and working with pupils on reminding the public that neither dog fouling or littering is acceptable. From these meetings, pupils have designed these posters that are now laminated and on display for all the public to see.

Assistant headteacher Lisa Quinn-Briton said: “We don’t like people dropping litter or dogs fouling in and around our school, and around our community.

“The city council does come in to clean up when we report it.

“But what’s more important is that people should take ownership of their actions, their animals and think about the wider community.

“The pupils feel very strongly about it and we very much hope that these posters are going to remind people to think of others.”