Pat on the back for Springlands Kindergarten

From left, Beau Clouston, Walter Womble, Penny Small and Max Nailer from Springlands Kindergarten celebrate their ...
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From left, Beau Clouston, Walter Womble, Penny Small and Max Nailer from Springlands Kindergarten celebrate their Enviroschool bronze award.

The children at Springlands Kindergarten in Blenheim were recognised for their "awesome efforts to save the planet" last Friday, with an Enviroschool bronze award.

Heather Graham, Enviroschool co-ordinator, was at the kindergarten to deliver an the award, along with a $500 cheque and bag of gardening goodies . 

"Enviroschool is about supporting kids to learn about the world around them and empowering them to make small changes that have a positive impact on the environment," she said. 

The children at Springlands Kindergarten learnt "cycle of life" lessons in the garden under the guardianship of Walter the Womble, a toy made from cardboard, newspaper, felt and recycled buttons. 

Head teacher Mike Clarke said Walter, modelled on author Elisabeth Beresford's The Wombles in the 1960s, was a helpful and well loved environmental guru because the children thought he was "so cute and cuddly".  

Parent Catherine Stafford said she has noticed a huge impact on her daughter Elke's environmental awareness and actions thanks to "a desire to make Walter proud". 

She said Elke has become the authority on recycling at home and there had been occasion when Catherine has been told off "for doing it wrong". 

Catherine said she did not think the concept of recycling was invented when she went to school, but she was happy that her children  were learning about the issues at such a young age. 

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 - The Marlborough Express

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