Sunderland kids brightening up the community

Dame Dorothy School pupils have been cleaning the streets.
Dame Dorothy School pupils have been cleaning the streets.
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PUPILS at a city school have been helping to clean up as one of their many projects.

Youngsters from Dame Dorothy Primary School took to the streets of Sunderland to bag the rubbish in a bid to help the community.

Natalie Elliott, extended schools co-ordinator at the Dock Street school, said: “The whole school took part in the Big Tidy Up. It is a national event and this was the second time we have taken part.”

Natalie said safety was paramount and all the children wore gloves, protective bibs and were armed with litter pickers.

She said: “We received some lovely comments from members of the public about the positive contribution the children were making to the local area. We collected 30 bags of rubbish, which included six bags of recyclable materials.”

Also helping to brighten up the area is the school’s Art Club, which has created a colourful mosaic piece of art to display in the playground.

Natalie said: “The children researched mosaic and its history, before planning the theme around Our School. Things that are important to the children are shown on the mosaic, for example, how Dame Dorothy is multi-cultural, that friendship is important, with learning, sport and music also playing an important part in our school.”

Tile firms in the city donated spare tiles for the children to use and the mosaic took just five weeks to complete.