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City kids help make a ‘fresh start’

Published: Fri, 14 Nov 2014
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School children took part in a number of environmental improvement days
Fresh Start Tus Maith Derry project
Almost 1,800 primary school pupils in Derry-Londonderry are taking part in the Fresh Start/Tus Maith educational project
The initiative gave them an opportunity to make a positive contribution to their community. The project is a partnership between the Triax Neighborhood management team and the Housing Executive’s Social Education project.
During October visits were made to every class in St Eugene’s, Long Tower, Nazareth House, St John’s, Holy Child, Fountain primary schools and Gaelscoil Eadain Mhoir  where the pupils were involved in discussions about what makes a good community, and the role they have to play.
In addition to the classroom based talks there is a strong practical element to the project with each school participating in environmental improvement days – with daffodils, tulips and snowdrops planting and community clean ups planned. The bulbs were provided by the Housing Executive grounds maintenance team.
Patrick Duddy, the Housing Executive’s Social Education Officer, said:
“The project is a great example of partnership working. There has been great enthusiasm from everyone involved and hopefully it’ll become an annual fixture in everyone’s calendar.”
Colm Barton, Development worker with Triax, said:
“This is a fantastic opportunity to work with school children right across the Triax area and the feedback is tremendous. It is a pleasure and a privilege to help raise environmental awareness amongst local children and the enjoyment they get from it makes it all worthwhile."