Litter’s in the bag at Shortlees ECC

Young pupils from Shortlees Early Childhood Centre have again been setting the grown-ups a great example, by getting out and about to pick up litter in their local community.

In 2015, the children mapped their area, looking at what was good and bad, with gardens and flowers coming out on top and litter getting a definite thumbs down and they decided to act.

Staff and parents listened to the children’s ideas and organised a big spring clean, where 30 bags of litter and rubbish were collected
This was repeated in 2016 and again this year.

Supported by pupils from Shortlees Primary School, staff, families, local businesses and community groups, the super Shortlees Spring Clean was followed by a well-earned ‘daffodil tea’ in the Early Childhood Centre, where they celebrated their efforts and the arrival of spring.

Ryan Niven (3) said: “There was rubbish in the leaves.”

James Beattie (4) added: “There was lots of rubbish for us to collect.”

Alexander Scobie (4) said: “I liked using the litter picker best.”

The 2017 Super Shortlees Spring Clean was a resounding success, with 32 big bags of litter collected.

Wendy Connelly HT said “Shortlees ECC Spring Clean was a great collaborative event which benefited both the community and the children’s learning.

“The results speak for themselves and I’m very proud of all our pupils and those who helped support us.”

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