Thursday, 5 February 2015

Schools Clean Up Day 2015

Contact: Nathan Tree, Clean Up Australia
p: 02 8197 3422   e: youth@cleanup.com.au
w: www.cleanupaustraliaday.com.au

Date: Term 1          RSVP: 27 February
Location: state wide

Intended Audience: All schools

Attention: Principals, teachers, parents and friends - it's time to plan your School's Clean Up Day 2015

All Australian schools are encouraged to register a local rubbish hotspot to be part of Schools Clean Up Day on Friday, 27 February 2015.

This year, celebrating 25 years of Clean Up Australia, Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO, is keen for schools to include Schools Clean Up Day in their environmental curriculum.

"We're urging all principals and teachers to register your school to teach students about taking responsibility for the environment. Our children are the future custodians of our country. We also know they have huge influence over their parents, encouraging them to take more care of their local parks, play areas, waterways and beaches," said Mr Kiernan.

Taking part in Schools Clean Up Day can be a lot of fun for school communities while providing some valuable lessons about how rubbish impacts our parks and waterways.

"It's easy to get involved. First, work with your kids to identify areas within the school grounds or local area that need some attention and write short stories or create picture boards about what needs to be done. Second, register your school's site on our website, muster some volunteers, have fun on Schools Clean Up Day and create reports about your results."

Schools Clean Up Day can be scheduled as a learning module within the curriculum to teach children about the importance of protecting our environment for the future. Clean Up Australia has a range of educational resources available for teachers to complement your School's Clean Up Day event with classroom based activities. The Schools Cleanup Curriculum Toolkit, developed in partnership with Cool Australia, is a free resource available online for both primary and secondary school teachers. It includes a range of curriculum aligned lesson plans for teachers themed around Water, Energy, Climate Change, Packaging, Waste and Recycling. There is also a Schools Clean Up Day specific lesson plan which makes participating even easier!

Last year, over 2,253 schools took part in Schools Clean Up Day, an increase of 5.5% over the previous year.

Together with communities and businesses Australian schools helped to remove over 15,708 tonnes of rubbish right across Australia.

"Every year we see some fantastic examples of teachers and students taking on a Clean Up site either in their school grounds or their local community. Put Yourself in the picture in 2015 to make the 25th Anniversary of Clean Up Australia Day even bigger and better than ever," said Mr Kiernan.

And if your school is also a champion fundraiser, there is another way to get involved this year. By becoming a member of YOU - individuals, schools and businesses become a community sponsor of Clean Up Australia Day.

"We are inviting schools to join us in any way you can, whether registering a site, asking your parents and friends to sponsor your site or running a fundraising event for your school to become a member of YOU – every one of us can be part of the 25 years celebration," said Mr Kiernan.

Clean Up Australia is a not-for-profit charity, which relies heavily on donations from individuals and businesses to mobilise hundreds of thousands of Australians to produce fundamental, positive change. Membership of YOU will assist Clean Up working with communities to help us all to reduce our impact on our environment every day.

Register your School Clean Up Site now.