This yearâ€™s OUR SCHOOL CARES environmental competition started off with a good show of enthusiastic learners eager to clean the Strand beach on Earth Day. No less than 9 schools, 18 teachers and 310 learners, plus 60 dedicated Peninsula Beverages (the sponsors) staff and their children, pitched in and systematically stripped the beach of 400 bags of rubbish in one hour!
Special newcomers this year were learners from the Dominican School for the Deaf in Wittebome, who enjoyed their first litter pick ever. All the litter was carefully counted in a survey and the most littered items were plastic bags (15.9%), then plastic straws and stirrers (10.1%).
Beverage containers featured strongly:
â€¢ Plastic beverage bottles 9.2%
â€¢ Glass beverage bottles 9.0%
â€¢ Beverage cans 8.7%
â€¢ Caps and lids 8.1%
A total of 346 items were picked up, 136 up on last year.
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Other participating schools were ACJ Phakade Primary from Nomsamo, Du Noon Primary, Sophakama Primary and Vissershok Primary from Milnerton/Tableview , Intsebenziswano Senior from Phillipi, Paarl Vallei High from Somerset West, Marvin Park Primary from Macassar and Mvula Primary from Nyanga.
The Our School Cares environmental inter-schools competition is run each year, with great cash prizes rewarding schools for showing their care towards the earth. Environmental Action, organizers of the competition, has extended the cut off date for registration to the end of May to allow for a few more schools to participate.
So if your or your childâ€™s school is still snoozing, get an entry form here and send it in immediately. Projects are developed over the next 6 months and handed in towards the end of October.