A GREEN initiative devised by pupils at Hampton High is to be rolled out to schools across the country.
The year 7 students from the school’s Science Club were named CSI: Litter Challenge Project winners after impressing judges with their environmental friendly scheme.

The six-strong team came up with the idea of giving raffle tickets for a prize draw to each student who disposed of their rubbish in the bins.

Hampton High beat stiff competition to win the nationwide problem-solving challenge which invites students to design and implement an anti-litter campaign for their school.

The team are now working with designers to create an official campaign from their idea which will be used at other schools.
Akram Sami, who was part of the winning Year 7 team, said: “We need to throw rubbish in the bin because otherwise it can end up in the sea. Children in the Philippines are swimming in dirty water full of litter, because we aren’t getting rid of our rubbish properly.”

The team landed a prize of £250 which will be spent on creating a vegetable patch for the school to grow their own produce.

Hampton High Headteacher Mair Hughes said: “We are delighted that our students have won the nationwide Litter Challenge Project.  
It demonstrates the creativity, initiative and hard work of the Science Club Year 7 students by creating a project that clearly impressed the judges.

The CSI Litter Challenge is organised by the British Plastics Federation in partnership with PlasticsEurope and the Marine Conservation Society.

A spokeswoman for the Marine Conservation Society said: “We were particularly impressed with Hampton High School our overall winners. 
“Their campaign was innovative, engaging and has hopefully influenced student behaviour. We're now working with designers to upscale and promote their campaign idea for other schools to use.”

Article supplied by Tom Barnes