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Green Santa visits Primary Schools in Hartlepool

16 Dec 2015

Pupils at two primary schools in Hartlepool were given early Christmas presents when Green Santa dropped in and presented them with a cheque for £250 after winning a competition.

Local bus operator, Stagecoach North East invited school children in Hartlepool to write a letter to Green Santa to ask for environmentally-friendly presents for their school, and both Lynnfield Primary School and Stranton Primary School were selected as the winners.

Young eco warriors from the Student Council at Lynnfield Primary School requested a new greenhouse to help restore their recently developed memorial garden, which was created after the death of their much-loved former head teacher. The school wanted to grow its own fruit and vegetables and had created a poly tunnel, but recent bad weather and strong winds blew the poly tunnel down, which was beyond repair. A water butt was also on their wish list to collect water and help keep the plants healthy.
Eight-year-old Liam, a pupil at the school and member of the School Council, said: “It will be great to have a new greenhouse to protect all of our plants.”
Deb O'Connor, School Council Lead at Lynnfield Primary School, said: “It was so upsetting to discover our polytunnel had been destroyed in the bad weather, so winning this is great as we can now look forward to getting a new greenhouse to begin the new season's growing.

Lynnfield Primary School Hartlepool
The winning letter penned by children from the School Council at Stranton Primary School requested grow bags, seeds and equipment suitable for young gardeners to help develop the schools’ outdoor area for the nursery and reception.

The School Council, said: “We are really pleased that we have won this prize for the EYFS as they will be able to continue to develop their outside area and gardening projects which will link with the Eco School work.”

Louise Yildirim, teacher at Stranton Primary School, said: “We are so excited to have been selected to win a prize. We are continuing to develop the outside area in EYFS and we want to set up a planting area. This will enable our youngest children in school to learn about the environment, seeds and plants and where our fruits and vegetables come from. It will also enable them to work with the local community by inviting parents and carers into school to be part of their child's learning.”

Phil Medlicott, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “The Green Santa campaign enables us to support our local schools and help educate children to become more environmentally aware, and our Green Santa has certainly captured their imagination.

“The entries this year were impressive and the schools obviously work hard to develop the green initiatives with much success, so we would like to give our thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Our congratulations go to Lynnfield Primary School and Stranton Primary School for their excellent entries and we are delighted to be able to help their eco-programme even further.”