A GREEN Santa dropped into a Sunderland school to hand out Christmas gifts to eco-friendly pupils.
Bus operator Stagecoach North East delivered presents to children at Richard Avenue Primary School, in Barnes, after winning its Green Santa competition.
The pupils were invited to write a letter to the company’s Green Santa to ask for environmentally-friendly presents for their school, worth up to £250.
Members of the school’s Gardening Eco Club came up with the idea to ask for fruit trees and shrubs for their garden.
Headteacher Karen Todd, said: “The Gardening Eco Club is thrilled to have won the Stagecoach Green Santa Competition, and we look forward to making our school even more environmentally friendly.”
The Green Santa initiative is part of Stagecoach North East’s environmental programme, and is designed to encourage children across the region to be more environmentally aware, and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference to the local environment.
Phil Medlicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East, said: “Each year the children come up with fun and creative ideas for their entries, as well as using their imagination for presents to help the school and the environment, and this year was no exception.
“We are committed to working with and for the communities we serve and our Green Santa has helped show the children in the region how important their environment is.
“I would like to thank all the children who entered the competition, and congratulate Richard Avenue Primary School on its winning letter.”