AN afternoon out of school proved productive for this group of pupils.
Pc Helen Hulme and PCSO Amy Burlinson teamed up with Year Five children from Castletown Primary School to carry out a litter pick in the grounds of Hylton Castle Dene.
A host of partner agencies also got involved on the day, including Sunderland City Council, Gentoo, English Heritage, Wear Kids and Sainsbury’s.
As a special treat, all the youngsters helping out received a free swim at Sunderland Aquatic Centre.
Pc Hulme said: “The castle and its grounds are particularly important to the local community, and keeping them clean and litter-free is equally as important.
“The children were really keen to help out and make a difference to their local area.
“All too often young people get a bad reputation for causing anti-social behaviour and hanging round the streets, but there are so many that want to get involved in initiatives like this, and make the area where they live a better place for everyone.
“The benefits of the litter pick will be enjoyed by everyone, and hopefully it will encourage those that do cause trouble to have more respect for the area and consideration for other residents.”