Hundreds of children from across South Ayrshire have been recognised for a host of environmentally friendly ideas designed to help change habits and drive down costs. The final designs for South Ayrshire's Energy Agency School Calendar Competition were unveiled at a special ceremony at County Buildings in Ayr.
Over 400 pupils from 13 primary schools took part in the annual competition which helps raise awareness of energy issues among young people. The winning artwork will now feature in the 2020 calendar, combining the drawings with energy saving tips and facts.
The 13 winners that feature on the front cover and for every month, plus six runners-up were invited, along with their family and teachers, to collect their certificates and view the calendar at a special ceremony in June. Local councillors for each school were invited to attend the ceremony and present a certificate to each pupil along with a copy of the 2020 calendar.
Since the year 2000 around 66,000 pupils have had energy lessons.
South Ayrshire Council's Provost, Helen Moonie said, “We’re committed to caring for and improving our environment and education goes to the heart of all the work we do.
“With so many people getting involved in this year’s competition there was never any doubt that we’d see a huge number of different ideas, all with the common theme of trying to change the way we live.
“I’d like to thank every single person for taking the time to enter and would like to congratulate all this year’s winners on their eye-catching designs.”
Liz Marquis, Director of the Energy Agency said “Once again primary school children have produced wonderful pieces of artwork that reflect how much they enjoy the interactive energy lessons.
Encouraging everyone to save energy is very important to us and the children’s participation in the calendar is a colourful and fun way of doing this. The fact that their messages and artwork will be displayed throughout 2020 is a great way of spreading the word to as many people as possible”.
The energy lessons are run in conjuction with South Ayshire Council. For more information on the lessons contact the Education Coordinator email@example.com