STUDENTS from Shoreham Academy helped clean-up the community as part of efforts to improve Fishersgate.
A team of 26 year-seven students joined Adur District Council staff for a comprehensive litter pick at Fishersgate Recreation Ground and a survey of the types of litter collected.
Curriculum leader Stuart Comben, who organised the event last Tuesday, said it had been ‘fantastic’ and the students had gained a great deal from it.
George Kennedy, from year seven, said: “The project linked well to our local community topic, which involved learning about our local region and looking to improve and regenerate some areas of our town.”
Jasmine Beattie added: “It felt good to be able to help out the community and fun to learn at the time.”
The survey revealed there were 43 items of take-away packaging, 49 sweet wrappers, 71 soft drink cans, 49 tobacco products, 46 carrier bags, 12 alcoholic drink cans and two chewing gum wrappers.
“It felt good to be able to help out the community and fun to learn at the timeJasmine Beattie, year-seven student at Shoreham Academy
The pupils also helped make signs to encourage dog owners to clean up after their pets.
Abi Ahmad, from year seven, said: “I found it a lot of fun to spray-paint the dog mess signs on the pavements.”
The project is in its third year, enabling students at the Kingston Lane school to be involved with plans to improve the play area, class research into ways to ensure it benefits all who use it and an advertising campaign to clean up dog mess and litter.
Mr Combden said: “The year-seven competency curriculum pupils have responded very positively to these types of ‘real learning’ projects over the last three years.
“It is rare to have the opportunity to learn while conducting a genuine task with the opportunity of regenerating a well-known local area.
“This project has been a great example of community cohesion working closely together with a common goal to learn about the issues of managing and improving an urban environment.”
The project has brought together Shoreham Academy, Adur District Council, Sussex Police, Friends of Fishersgate Rec, Fishersgate Voice and ward councillors, working together to make the most of the recreation ground. Mr Combden said it was an opportunity for the outstanding pupils to positively represent Shoreham Academy in the community.