Westruther pupils tackle dog fouling problem

PUPILS at Westruther Primary School have joined forces with SBWardens to tackle the issue of dog fouling around their school.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 11:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 11:49 am

Warden Laurie Wood and his colleague, Darroch Penman, suggested the pupils should run a poster competition. The winning designs would be put up around the school grounds to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.

On judging the entries, Laurie said: "Darroch and I are very impressed with the effort the children have put into their posters, and were told by Kay Livingston, the headteacher, that some pupils even took their posters home to finish them.

"The strong message from the children is asking people to be responsible for clearing up after their own pets."

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The winner of the competition was primary three pupil Lucy Morgan Hastie; runner up was Molly Ivanov (primary four) and third was Edward Reshad (primary seven).

All three received stationery together with dog treats whilst every pupil who took part received a goodie bag with a pencil and sharpener and other educational material and activity books.

All three posters will be displayed around the problem areas.

Kay Livingston commented: "This was a great idea from Rob and Darroch, and the children have fully entered into the spirit of designing their posters. They understand the dangers of walking in areas that are covered in dog mess and wanted to do something about it."

Len Wyse, executive member for environmental services, added: "This is a strong message from the children at Westruther Primary and I was delighted to see copies of their posters.

"I hope that this will encourage local people to collect the waste from their animals and leave the ground safe for children to walk and play in."