The reception class at Arnett Hills JMI School have raised over £1,300 for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) by hosting a number of special events.
The children, aged four and five, took part in a sponsored litter pick, a sponsor mile run and organised an upcycling shop for the whole of Arnett Hills school.
Teacher Sarah Hacking said: “We learnt all about deforestation through reading the stories and the children were really touched, especially by the loss of homes for the Orangutans and wanted to make a difference.”
On Tuesday, May 11 the reception class along with teacher Miss Hacking and Learning Support Assistants Mrs Sheeky and Mrs Darling ran six laps of the school field and ran a school tuck shop selling animal biscuits made by the school chef.
On a mission to tackle litter in the town, the following day on May 12 the class walked around the school and local area with parents litter picking and compiled over 15 bags of rubbish.
With a keen interest in the environment and sustainability, the children also made bracelets out of biodegradable straws, bookmarks and keyrings to sell in their class shop on Friday, May 14.
Mrs Hacking added: “They raised an incredible total of £1381.84 through their sponsorship and shop and are so passionate about saving our world and nature that they now ask me to research their snacks to see if the palm oil in them has been responsibly sourced. I am the proudest teacher in the world and am so confident that these children will make a great difference in the years to come.”
Maggie, aged five said: “We are doing the fundraising to help save the animals from getting trapped from all the people chopping down the trees and all the orangutans will get extinct just like the dinosaurs.”
Harrison aged five said: “We must recycle because if you don’t recycle animals and all other things that live in the world will die because the rubbish goes into animal homes and then they will disappear and go extinct.”