Sheffield pupils play their part in big annual eco summit

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Pupils did their bit to Keep Sheffield Stainless by staging litter picking events – and then took part in a big eco-summit.

More than 100 children from 10 schools in the south-east of the city took part in events around their grounds and then joined forces to tidy up Rother Valley Country Park.

The litter and recycling summit was organised for its second year by the city’s Streets Ahead team – one of their largest events for pupils.

Phil the Bin, Sheffield’s anti-littering mascot, was there, while an impromptu visit from firefighters from Aston Park fire station’s green watch made the day even more memorable.

Helen Stokes, headteacher at Waterthorpe Nursery Infants School and who played a part in organising the summit, said: “We planned the event to coincide with Make Someone Smile Day as one of our aims was to make our community smile by giving something back through helping to tidy up the local environment.

“The event was a great success and the children said they had a great time. It was especially nice to bring children together from schools across the area.

“The arrival of the fire brigade made the event even more special as the children had the chance to use the fire hose and climb aboard the engine.”