St Martin’s Academy’s Eco Warriors go the extra mile for recycling project

Eco Warriors at St Martin’s Academy led by example when they took on a mammoth bike ride to raise funds for a recycling project.
Members of Eastgate class have been studying how the habits of humans can have positive and negative influences on the environment – and their learning journey ignited a passionate response.
The eight and nine-year-olds were so determined to make a difference by installing recyling bins in each of the Chester school’s classrooms, that they dreamed up a way to pay for it.
Now they have completed a 17-mile sponsored bike ride from Chester to Connah’s Quay and back to earn the cash to pay for the bins themselves.

Deputy Teacher Lizzie O’Donoghue said: “During our Unit of Inquiry we explored how people’s choices impact on the natural world, and our learning centred around becoming a St Martin’s Eco Warrior!
“The children are so enthusiastic about recycling and doing their bit for the environment that they wanted to buy recycling bins for every classroom. They organised this bike ride to collect sponsorship money to fund this initiative – I’m beyond proud we managed to pull it off.
“We had parent cheerleaders along the way supplying ice lollies and encouragement. Everyone got involved and did their bit to raise money for a fantastic cause. It’s a fantastic achievement for children of their age.”
St Martin’s Academy is part of the North West Academies Trust which runs schools across Cheshire and Shropshire, including Grosvenor Park Academy and Acresfield Primary School in Chester.