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An ex-pupil writes a glowing report about Copp School for the local press. We are pleased that the
Eco-message got through, Helen!

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It is plain to see when you look at young people when they are out and about, that many teenagers don't respect their environment. They drop litter, vandalise, and generally ruin the towns they live in. They suppose that once they've dropped it, it's not their problem. These youths grow up into the sort of people who throw litter out of their car windows. The growing amount of litter on our streets is becoming a big problem, but what can be done about it?

One school is teaching children from a young age to protect their environment. Copp Primary School in Great Eccleston has won awards for its ecological work. It has been named an Eco-School and is one of the first in Europe to be awarded the flag, which is raised every day to remind the children what it stands for. A teacher at the school, Lynn Holloway, came second in a national competition for environmental teaching. By teaching children to look after their local area, they are instilling in them respect for their surroundings, which will hopefully stay with them in later life.

Helen Jones, 15, of Hodgson High School Technology College,Poulton.
Many things are recycled at the school, as you would expect. Community paper and card is recycled and school waste paper is shredded and sold as pet bedding. Cans are also recycled. But a lot more is also done beyond this. Children are only permitted to eat fruit at break times. This is good for several reasons. First, it is better to have children eating fruit than unhealthy snacks. Secondly, there is no litter, because there are no wrappers, this also means the waste can be used for compost. Outside, groups of children keep the playground tidy by weeding and sweeping, which means they don't want to spoil their work by dropping litter. Groups also pick up litter around school and annually pick up all the litter down Copp Lane.
At Copp school, not a thing that could be used again goes to waste, even water is collected from the roof to water the plants. This resourcefulness is also carried out inside, with an Energy Team, who monitor use of electricity and stop dripping taps.
Attention is also paid to the wildlife, with bat boxes, bird tables and a wild area. But that's not all. Even with all that done already, they have great plans for the future, including composting grass cuttings, wind turbines and photovoltaic cells.

This just goes to show that, although individually, one person being careful would not make much difference, the more people who do it, the better the area will become. People think 'oh, it doesn't matter, I can't make a difference'. But if everybody plays their part, it will make a big difference, Hopefully the students at Copp will leave with a greater respect for the environment and continue like that for a long time. If more schools follow suit, we could break the downward spiral we are heading towards, and give rise to a fresh, eco-friendly generation.