Money rasied from local schools through a recycling skip from Mick George Ltd

The sun certainly shone on The Lantern School as they scooped the top place in the ‘Skips for Schools’ recycling challenge by collecting waste of the highest resale value and 6 year old Alfie Mack won the best design for his year group.

He and his Year 2 classmates were treated to a demonstration in their own playground from Jonnie Barton, an internationally acclaimed graffiti artist, who brought the winning artwork to life in spray paint on the side of a big yellow Mick George skip.

Over 20 primary and secondary schools throughout the region participated in the scheme entering designs and collecting waste to fill a recycling skip provided by Mick George Ltd. The pupils of Lantern Community Primary School collected 1.7 tonnes of recyclable waste to the value of £212 in just one week. Items included metal shelving from the nearby Boots store, computer keyboards and even an old pushchair.

A grand total of £2,122 was raised by all the participating schools. The money raised will be split between the schools and The Posh Foundation charity, of which Mick George Ltd. is a patron.

Posh Foundation Community Manager, Nick Sheppard said, ‘We are delighted that the staff and pupils of Lantern Community School wholeheartedly embraced this project and have not only raised funds for us but also benefitted themselves. We believe it is so important for children to see and learn about their community, lifestyle and the environment. This project certainly allowed them to do just that.’

In a gesture of appreciation of the pupils’ collective efforts, Sheppard attended the school assembly. He explained how the money raised would be used to support many initiatives aimed at improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable young people in the Greater Peterborough area, including literacy and numeracy programmes.