Schools help save the planet

PUBLISHED: 11:47 22 November 2010

EXETER Road and Woodbury Salterton Primary Schools are taking part in a UK-wide bid to save energy.

EXETER Road and Woodbury Salterton Primary Schools are taking part in a UK-wide bid to save energy.

Switch Off Fortnight has been organised by EDF Energy’s schools programme and so far 65 schools in Devon have signed up to the campaign, which kicks off this week.

Across the country, more than 3,000 schools are taking part with more joining daily, and topping the 2,500 involved last year.

Schools have been sent free Switch Off Fortnight campaign packs which include a tracking chart to add a competitive element and to encourage schools to continue to switch off all year round, fun posters, stickers and badges.

Online, schools can find lesson plans, games, and practical activities that are all linked to the national curriculum as well as ‘take it home’ sheets so children can share what they’ve learnt with their families.

Robyn Broughton, EDF Energy’s schools programme manager, said, “This is not a one-off, it’s an initiative that allows children and young adults to truly embrace green issues and make a real difference over time.

“EDF Energy aims to engage with 2.5 million school children on green issues by 2012 and Switch Off Fortnight is one of the many activities we’re using to achieve this “

To sign up visit www.jointhepod.org and click on ‘news’.

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