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Foxborough Middle's big tidy up

PUBLISHED: 11:10 26 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT school has helped to boost the efforts of Britain's Big Tidy Up.

Around 80 parents, staff and children from Foxborough Middle School pulled on their gloves and picked up a black sack, as they got to work cleaning up the grounds of the school.

A LOWESTOFT school has helped to boost the efforts of Britain's Big Tidy Up.

Around 80 parents, staff and children from Foxborough Middle School pulled on their gloves and picked up a black sack, as they got to work cleaning up the grounds of the school.

And amongst the 11 large bags of rubbish collected was some recyclable goods, helping the school to work even further towards their green flag status.

“It was absolutely brilliant, we had 80 people reply, which included school children and adults. There were parents on their bellies underneath bushes pulling bottles out,” said Jerildine Lines, geography co-ordinator at the school.

“We ran out of gloves at one point and I had to raid the first aid box for some more. Some of the children found a ripped-up school bag, glass bottles where people have used the school grounds to dump them, and lots of things that people haven't put in the bin.”

The Big Tidy Up website shows a Big Tidy Ometer, which is aiming to collect 500,000 bags of rubbish during the campaign, so Foxborough's efforts will certainly help.

“The really good thing is that we also have a caretaker who will separate up all the rubbish into what can be recycled. We are hoping to do this again on quite a regular basis because it was such a good event,” said Ms Lines.

The school in Foxborough Road, Lowestoft, has already achieved the bronze and silver awards of the Eco Schools programme.

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