Pupils embrace green energy

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Children at Middleton on the Wolds primary school are celebrating winning more than £100 in book tokens.

Pupils have been the first to take part in Energy In Education, a new classroom initiative looking at the important role of renewable energy.

They have been working to produce either a piece of artwork or a piece of poetry or prose that demonstrates how renewable or green energy.

Energy In Education has been introduced by Bainton-based renewable energy specialists Dodds Limited and it is hoped it will be rolled out to other schools across the region.

The winners and runners up were announced at a special prize-giving assembly. Years 1 and 2 were asked to write a poem called The Energy Collector. They were given the first and last verses and had to write the middle verse themselves.

Lizzie Thompson, aged 6, won 1st prize and a £25 book token, while runners-up Charlotte Whitley and Alfie Mason, both aged 6, each won a £15 book token.

Children in Year 4 were asked to paint a picture and add some text about saving the environment, solar panel energy or wood pellet burning boilers. In this section, Ben Conduit, aged 9, came first and went home with a £25 book token while the runners up, Oliver Frost and Cameron McCoy-Maple, both aged 9, each won a £15 book token.

The winners were picked by a panel of judges made up of Helen Worrell, chair or governors, Jayne Dodds, director of Dodds Limited, and Steve Woodhouse, the school’s executive headteacher.

Mr Woodhouse said: “We were delighted to have been picked by Dodds to launch the project and the children have responded really well. They are growing up in an age when natural energy is already playing an important role so to have Dodds come along with this excellent project will help us to create even greater interest in the classroom.

“Our pupils were very excited to take part and asked lots of questions about solar and biomass. We were all really impressed with how they got stuck into this challenge. The children really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.”

Dodds business development director Martin Bleasby said the company launched Energy In Education to develop stronger links with the community and had chosen Middleton to be the launch school because of its proximity to the company’s headquarters at Bainton.

He said: “As well as providing an educational task for the youngsters, we have set aside funds to help those schools that are willing to take part and who wish to develop sustainable or energy efficiency projects.

“We put all the entries on display to the public at our stand at the Driffield Show and in September we plan to hold a special open evening and exhibition of the work in our Bainton showroom for Middleton pupils, teachers, parents and friends”.

Dodds Limited employs around 50 people and is one of the region’s fastest growing providers of renewable energy solutions to farmers, commercial property owners and homeowners.