Sacrificing their lunch hours has paid off for a group of environmentally-conscious kids.
Glendowie Primary School has won a merit in Forest and Bird's Green Schools Awards for its effort to clear and beautify a local stream.
Earlier this year children joined the school's new Enviro Group and chose to upgrade the stream as one of their projects.
The stream, which only has water during winter, borders the school and St Andrews Retirement Village.
The group spent Tuesday lunchtimes growing plants from seedlings and clearing rubbish and weeds from the stream.
When the plants were ready they were planted along the school's bank of the stream.
Money raised from selling worm tea fertiliser produced from the school's wormfarm was used to buy pavers for the area.
Enviro Group member Thomas Whiteley, 11, says their hard work has made a huge difference.
"It was pretty bare and barren before, and there were loads of weeds," he says. "There's a lot more birds here than there used to be."
Teacher Lauren McGuinness, who oversees the group, says the $500 prize will help pay to clear the stream and regenerate the other bank.
She says they started off with the aim of beautifying the school, but 'now it's more about ecology and long-term effects and having a more sustainable future'.
The Enviro Group's next project is collecting rainwater to water the school's plants.
The school is working towards a bronze Enviroschool Award from the Auckland Regional Council.
- East And Bays Courier
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