The poster girls for recycling

Winners Katie Gill, Sophie Bennett and Freya Insoll and runners up India Goddard, Chloe Lee, Lili Belle McLeish and Kelly McLean
Winners Katie Gill, Sophie Bennett and Freya Insoll and runners up India Goddard, Chloe Lee, Lili Belle McLeish and Kelly McLean

CREATIVE students at Buxton Community School have been helping to spread the recycling message by taking part in a competition.

Organised by Buxton Natural Mineral Water and Recoup, a national organisation promoting recycling, the competition asked students to design posters and slogans aimed at encouraging fellow pupils, staff and the local community to recycle more.

Students who had created the winning designs in each category were presented with their prizes at a special event at Buxton Community School last Friday, attended by High Peak Mayor Pat Jenner.

He said: “It is always a pleasure to present certificates, especially these ones because it is all about the enviro
nment which is something we are all concerned about.”

One of the posters, designed by Katie Gill, 14, will be featured in local schools, with the other, created by Sophie Bennett, 13, on display at key locations around Buxton. The winning slogan, designed by 14-year-old Freya Insoll, will be printed on to car stickers.

Luke Cox, Recoup Project Officer, said students were given a brief which included featuring one recycling fact from a list they were given. All entries had to be bright, colourful and eye-catching.

“Part of the focus was that we need to educate people and try and get people to understand the big impact recycling has on the world. The best way to do that is through people spreading the word to those around them,” he added.

Deb Hill, headteacher at Buxton Community School, said: “When I first came to the school it was the students themselves who said they wanted to do more recycling.

“As a community school, we should be bothered about our community.

“It has been great working with pupils who feel so strongly about this.”

Pupil Freya Insoll, who won the slogan design competition and came second in the street poster section, said: “I wanted my design to be memorable and wanted to try hard because I think recycling is really important.”

The prize-winners received a goody bag from Buxton Natural Mineral Water, with the first prize winners also getting £100 worth of high street vouchers.