Wednesday 22 November 2017

Schoolchildren get stuck in at big Rivervalley clean-up

Daniel, Dillon and Stephen doing their bit to help.
Daniel, Dillon and Stephen doing their bit to help.

THE children of Holy Family Senior National School in Swords have rolled up their sleeves to remove litter and graffiti from Rivervalley where their school is located.

The pupils, aged from nine to 12, did a litter pick in the vicinity of the school and painted over graffiti on walls around their local sports pitch.

The enthusiasm of the children was fantastic and they thoroughly enjoyed being part of this project and helping their local environment.

The children were pupils of Mr. Tommy Duffy and Mr. Peter Madden of the SNS. Each pupil was a credit to their school and were presented with an environmental certificate afterwards.

The project was organised by Gerry White, Chairperson of Hilltown Environmental Awareness Group (HEAG) which is affiliated to the Rivervalley/Rathingle Residents Association and Swords Tidy Towns.

Joe Newman, who is a environmental officer for the Residents Association and a community activist was also there in support of the project.

Gerry White would like to thank Morgan McStay of McDonalds in Swords, who along with a number of his staff, were there on the day to support the project.

McDonalds Swords has been one of the main sponsors of HEAG since it foundation in April 2001 and Morgan said one of McDonalds objectives is to work on the ground and participate alongside local groups such as HEAG in the future on such environmental projects.

It is planned that this initiative will be ongoing with the local Holy Family SNS in Rivervalley and it is intended that different classes from the school will be given an opportunity to participate in similar projects to help their local environment over the school terms.

The next litter pick and graffiti removal project is now planned for two weeks time when another class from the Holy Family SNS will do their bit for the environment.

Any parent or adult who wishes to help out with such projects can contact Gerry White by email on

Fingal Independent

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