Year 2 pupils at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School were given an early Christmas present when Green Santa dropped in and presented them with a cheque for £250 after winning a competition.
Local bus operator Stagecoach North East invited school children across Sunderland to write a letter to Green Santa to ask for environmentally-friendly presents for their school, and St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School , in Grindon Lane, were selected as the winning entry.
The winning letters, which were penned by children from Year 2, requested a water carrier to help the pupils water the vegetable patch in the garden, plus a selection of recycling bins.
In her letter to Green Santa, one pupil wrote: “I would like a water carrier to help keep our plants nice and healthy.” Another youngster said: “We need a water carrier on wheels so we can carry the water across the field. This would be easy for us.”
Also from Year 2, a pupil wrote in her letter to Green Santa: “I would like a plastic recycling bin so we can put our bottles and plastic cups in.”
Lesley Alexander, teacher at St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, said: “We are delighted that our letters impressed the judges and are looking forward to buying our new resources to continue to deliver environmental projects in school.”
Phil Medlicott, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “The Green Santa campaign enables us to support our local schools and help educate children to become more environmentally aware, and our Green Santa has certainly captured their imagination.
“The entries this year were impressive and the schools obviously work hard to develop the green initiatives with much success, so we would like to give our thanks to everyone who entered the competition.
“Our congratulations go to St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School for its excellent entry and we are delighted to be able to help their eco-programme even further.”