The chairman of Louth County Council, Fianna Fail’s Declan Breathnach, has praised the teachers, staff, parents and students of primary school for their great work as volunteers.
Cllr Breathnach was speaking at the presentation of the Primary School Environmental Awards whch were presented at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk recently.
“I know first hand the amount of time and effort it takes to implement an environmental programme in a school,” the former school principal said.
“There are many challenges to be faced but there is great satisfaction in contributing in such a positive way to the successful environmental programme that exists in this county.
“The fact that the Wee County now flies 79 environmental Green Flags speaks volumes for the success of the School Environmental Programme and it is so encouraging to see schools being such active partners with the county council on environmental issues.
“I am delighted to see the hard work publicly acknowledged and the green flag being flown as a public symbol of environmental excellence.
“Waste output is being reduced by staggering volumes initially in schools, but the message also travels to the home with the students, all contributing to us reaching our regional waste management targets.
“The integration of schools with Tidy Towns groups, in the “Eco Tribes Project” plays a huge role also.
“It is voluntary organisations such as this which we must continue to commend for their work in keeping our local areas clean.
“In these difficult financial times it is not always easy to be able to provide the necessary budget for initiatives such as this but I know that any programme that depends on and enjoys voluntary support should be prioritised as we rely on that effort to help us continue the good work.
“I would like to congratulate all involved, and ask them to keep up the good work.
“I would suggest that anyone interested in getting involved in volunteering in their locality should contact their local Tidy Towns Committee, volunteerlouth.ie or any local organisations,” Cllr Breathnach said.
The School of the Year award went to St Peter’s National School Dromiskin.
Second was CBS Dundalk.
Third place went to St paul’s NS Walshestown.
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