Two local schools are tops in the Green Flag gong

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STUDENTS from two Carlow schools were honoured for their efforts in promoting water conservation and awareness at the An Taisce Green-Schools regional awards recently.

St Brendan’s National School, Drummond and St Michael’s National School, Borris were among 119 schools nationwide receiving a Green Flag under the Water theme, sponsored by Irish Water, this year.

The theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in schools and at home.Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operations at Irish Water, said: “Helping the next generation to understand the importance of conserving water is a key to our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply.

“We are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce’s Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.

“We were very impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools came up with to save water and to promote awareness both in their classrooms and in their communities.”

Green-Schools Manager Cathy Baxter said: “It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.”

This is the seventh year of the partnership. More than 1,000 schools have attended interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water Events since 2013.

Monday, May 13th last was National WOW Day which was celebrated in schools across the country.  Walk to School Week is the annual celebration of sustainability on the school run.

At a time when the concerns of climate change and its impact has entered the national conversation among students, children have been showing their desire for clean air and reduced congestion at the school gates through promotion of walking and other sustainable travel modes.

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