A year 7 pupil at Aylesford School has won a Green Champions contest organised by the KM Charity Team to encourage eco-friendly behaviour.
The charity, which runs green travel services for schools, challenged youngsters to find imaginative ways to promote environmental protection. The contest was organised in collaboration with Highways England and engineering firms Jacobs, Atkins and Kier.
Out of 11 entries from pupils in years 7 and 8, The Litter Tree by Harry Aarons was declared overall winner. His design for an artificial leafless tree was decorated with glass baubles featuring the different types of rubbish that can be recycled.
When it has been produced, the Litter Tree will go on display for the whole school community and visitors to see.
Each of the 11 contestants presented their ideas in front of an audience of more than 100 pupils, and several projects from each year received highly commended status.
Next term, the contestants will be encouraged to make their ideas a reality by constructing their projects.
“The children’s passion and creativity were inspiring,” said Palma Black from Atkins Global. “And I was blown away by their confidence – it’s no easy thing to stand up and talk in front of a roomful of people.
“I can’t wait to come back in the New Year and see how they’ve got on in making their green projects come to life.”
Highways England, Jacobs, Atkins and Kier also support green activities at Valley Invicta Primary School in Aylesford, and are funding it to use the Active Wow (Walk on Wednesday) scheme next academic year.
With Wow, classes compete each week to be awarded the Green Class of the Week Trophy, and a monthly inter-school challenge awards winning classes tickets to leisure attractions or visits by storytellers.
Organisations supporting Wow include Specsavers, Eurostar, Kent County Council, Medway Council, London Borough of Bexley, Three R’s Teacher Recruitment, Whitefriars, Maidstone Borough Council, Whites Transport, Ashford International Hotel, Orbit, Volker Highways, Countrystyle Recycling, Golding Vision (part of Golding Homes), and Ashford Borough Council.