Megan O’Mahony from Somersham Primary School has won the annual Schools Litter Awareness Poster Competition run by Mid Suffolk District Council.
The winning design was chosen by Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, who went along to the school today (Friday 14 July 2017) to present nine year old Megan with her award together with a Monkey Bin for the school.
Megan was also able to unveil her design on the side of Mid Suffolk’s Litter Collection Vehicle, where it will encourage residents to bin their rubbish for the next year.
The competition, which has become an annual event in Mid Suffolk, asks students to think about the impact that littering has on the environment and the knock-on effects for both people and animals. It is hoped that by engaging with children of this age group they will not become litter droppers of the future.
Cllr Burn said: “Megan is a worthy winner because the message on her poster is direct and compelling. I like the simplicity of her drawing and the litter really does look a mess! All the children who entered the competition did really well and it is clear from their work that they learn something about the importance of keeping our environment litter free, which is our main aim.
“We’ve been running this competition for seven years and it gets bigger every time, but if any primary schools out there aren’t involved please do get in touch with us and we can make next year’s competition even bigger and better.”