Schoolchildren across Ilkeston have joined forces with the Pride in Erewash team to help with their month-long crackdown on litter, graffiti and dog mess.
Cotmanhay Junior School on Beauvale Drive in Cotmanhay and Ladywood Primary School on Oliver Road in Kirk Hallam were the first schools to take part in the ‘Borough Blitz’ litter picks.
Children worked in teams of two and were provided with rubbish bags, high-vis vests, gloves and litter pickers.
Twenty-two children from year five at the Cotmanhay school began their litter picks at the Beauvale Drive play area on March 3, accompanied by neighbourhood warden, Robin Booth, Pride of Erewash co-ordinator Richard Windsor and year five teachers Lisa Whitmore and Sheila Beaman.
Angel Short, nine, and Thomas Bradley, ten, both part of the school’s litter pick team recognised the importance of keeping the play areas clean.
“It makes the streets a nicer place to live and makes everyone else pick up their litter too,” added Angel.
“The children are so happy to be doing their bit, they’re even having competitions with eachother,” said Richard.
“This play area means a lot to the pupils at Cotmanhay as they helped design it.”
Twenty-seven pupils from year two at Ladywood Primary School conducted their litter picks on school grounds on March 4 with neighbourhood warden, Scott Jeffrey, teachers Mandy Robinson and Shelley Pointon and Richard Windsor.
Richard added: “We began by asking them what type of litter they expected to find.
“They’re really enthusiastic about keeping play areas clean.”