Kirkby kids on a mission to improve their community

Abbey Hill
Abbey Hill

SCHOOL children from Kirkby have been working with their neighbourhood beat teams looking at ways to improve their community.

Schools across the county signed up to the Helping Hands scheme which encourages pupils to identify issues that affect their communities as well as coming up with solutions to the problem.

The project this year is about animal awareness and the children from Abbey Hill Primary School have decided to raise funds for Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Two of the students, Ellie Kohutt and Amelia Harvey, donated their tuck-shop money and made friendship bracelets to sell.

Some of the class will also do a bag pack at Morrison’s in Ashfield Precinct on Friday, 9th May to help raise money.

Earlier this week pupils and Kirkby East Police Community Support Officer Victoria Batterham paid a visit to the sanctuary and were shown some of the animals being cared for.

Phil Else, from Cedar Wildlife Sanctuary said: “We showed them around the sanctuary and were really excited to be here especially when they saw the two little fox cubs and duckling.”

PCSO Batterham said: “The children were given information leaflets to help raise awareness within their community of how to care for the environment and its wildlife. They will also be taking part in a litter survey in the local woods.”