PUPILS were give a break from lessons - so they could help collect litter from their local streets.
Children from Hasland Junior School in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, were among those to take part in the litter-picks as part of Chesterfield Council’s bid to educate youngsters about the importance of keeping streets and parks free from litter and dog mess.
Presentations to schools and joint clean-ups have taken place across the borough, and pupils were asked to suggest ways to create wildlife habitats, design and build a living wall, and take part in litter-picks.
Councillor Chris Ludlow said: “Keeping Chesterfield clean isn’t just about emptying bins and issuing fines.
“We have a role to play in educating and preventing problems in the first place and the work we do in schools helps to spread the message about looking after your local environment.
“We hope the messages learnt by the pupils will stay with them so they continue to look after the borough as they grow up and pass the message on to friends and relatives.”