Dreaming of a green Christmas

Green Santa with pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School
Green Santa with pupils from Sacred Heart Primary School

ECO-FRIENDLY youngsters have been rewarded for their efforts in helping the environment.

Sacred Heart Primary School, in Hart Lane, Hartlepool, was chosen from dozens of entries as the town’s winner in Stagecoach North East’s Green Santa competition.

 Schoolchildren were invited to write a letter to the bus company’s Green Santa to ask for environmentally-friendly presents for the school, with some wonderful entries including solar-powered clocks, compost bins, energy savings lights and wormeries. The Green Santa initiative is part of Stagecoach’s environmental programme Ready Steady Green.

 It is designed to encourage children across the region to be more environmentally aware and demonstrate how easy it is to make a difference to their local environment.

 Green Santa chose the winning entries from Hartlepool, Newcastle, South Shields and Sunderland, and the children received their gifts, worth up to £250, from him in person when he visited their schools ahead of Christmas Day. Year 3 teaching assistant at Sacred Heart, Barbara Wood, said: “We were over the moon to win.

“With us being such a large school, we are just noticing now a lot of paper that could be recycled, as well as plastics and other materials.
 “We just thought if we can get the children thinking along those lines within the school it might have a knock-on effect and help them outside school.”

Mrs Wood added that the school is starting a gardening club in the new year and the children will be involved in growing their own vegetables.

Stagecoach North East managing director Phil Medlicott said: “We’ve had so many impressive entries this year and we’re glad the children have had fun thinking of unusual and alternative presents that could benefit both their school and the environment.

“The Green Santa campaign provides a great platform to engage with and educate our local children to become more environmentally aware.

 “We are committed to working with and for the communities we serve and through Ready Steady Green and initiatives such as Green Santa we are making a real difference.”