Pupils from Ireland Wood Primary School have been presented with a cheque for £200 as a reward for their recycling efforts.
The children, their families and school staff have been dropping off unwanted, outdated and broken gadgets in waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) banks placed in 30 school playgrounds in summer 2012.
The schools that collected the most electronic waste were rewarded by the council’s partner Weee Link.
Ireland Wood is one of them.
The £200 is to be invested in other green projects.
Congratulations, Ireland Wood, you’re stars once again!
And so is Leeds’ Children’s Mayor, Charlotte Williams. She is pressing on with her cycling agenda.
Charlotte is a pupil at Rufford Primary School in Yeadon. She was elected on a manifesto which aimed at encouraging more children to get on their bikes – ‘Life Cycle of Leeds’.
At the last Full Council meeting she asked Councillors for their support.
Charlotte wants the Council to help her encourage more children to cycle around the city. One of her ideas is a “Borrow a Bike” scheme, similar to ones currently running in cities such as York and London.
She’s also suggesting a sponsored bike ride for children – as a way of raising funds and also sponsorship from companies.
Charlotte came along to the Full Council meeting, with a delegation which included some classmates. She wasn’t at all fazed by delivering her speech in front of Council. She talked about both the health benefits of more children cycling but also the reduction in pollution.
Her proposals will now go to the Executive Board. We’re looking forward to its response.
In the meantime, we’re right behind you, Charlotte. We think your ideas are excellent. And what better time to make Leeds a Children’s cycling city than on the year when it’s welcoming the Grand Depart.
From Cycling to Recycling the kids of Leeds North West have got their priorities right – a healthier and greener lifestyle.
If you’d like to hear more from us – on these or any other issues – contact our candidate Alex Sobel here.