Schools Competition 2015

From the Longford Leader
Enabling kids to care for their environment
Poster Competition run in Edgeworthstown to create environmental awareness locally
BY AISLING KIERNAN 
Pupils from national schools in Edgeworthstown were re­warded for their environmental awareness recently.
Award winners from St John’s NS and St Mary’s NS were presented with their prizes for the ‘Reduce Reuse Recycle’ poster competition sponsored by Longford Cred­it Union and run in conjunc­tion with Edgeworthstown Tidy Towns.
“The two schools here in Edgeworthstown were in­volved and our aim is to create awareness about the environ­ment by encouraging the chil­dren to think about recycling and reusing materials,” Tom
Victory of the local Tidy Towns told the Leader.
“The entries were of a very high standard and were judged by Noreen McLough­lin who is an environmental­ist herself.”
The former local area rep­resentative in the mid Long­ford town then spoke about the difficulties posed to the environment by illegal dump­ing and fly-tipping, issues that are not just evident across the county, but on a national front as well.
“Illegal dumping is an issue across the country and we are hoping that by encouraging young people to think about their environment, the level of dumping and littering will decrease here in Edgeworth­stown,” added Mr Victory.
Meanwhile, Edgeworths­town Tidy Towns, in conjunc­tion with the local traders is introducing a new Best Premises Award aimed at businesses in the area.
The aim is to promote the overall appearance of the town and judges of the com­petition will also take into consideration the cleanli­ness, floral/green display, primary signage, advertising display, tidiness and appear­ance of footpaths in front of the premises as well as the overall attractiveness of each ground floor business premis­es in the town.
Billy Flynn, who is the Tidy Towns judge, will view premis­es in August and chose the winners then.
Prizes will include Gold, Silver and Bronze accolades and each winner will be pre­sented with a certificate in acknowledgement of their achievements.
The Gold winner will also receive a plaque to display on their premises for one year.

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