Three Cork students won awards for their efforts promoting water conservation and awareness at a ceremony in Dublin yesterday.
The students won prizes for their artwork designed for this year’s Green-Schools Irish Water Poster Competition, sponsored by Irish Water.
Eoghan O'Connell from Baltydaniel NS took the Southern Region prize in the Junior Primary category while Ewelina Podgórska from St. Aloysius College was the winner in the Secondary category. Raymond Eke from St. Mary's Special School in Rochestown took the overall award in the Special category.
Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí was named as Water School of the year in the Southern region.
Green-Schools Manager, Cathy Baxter, spoke at the award ceremony: “This is one of our favourite events in the Green-Schools calendar. It’s fantastic to be in a position to acknowledge and reward the efforts of the students, teachers, principals, parents and caretakers who have committed so much of their time to conserving water and to see the fruits of our workshops and events throughout the year.” This is the sixth year of the awards and partnership, which has seen over 1,000 schools attend interactive Water Workshops and Walk for Water events since 2013.
Yvonne Harris, Head of Customer Operation at Irish Water, said: ““Helping the next generation to understand that the importance of conserving water is a key part of our role in safeguarding Ireland’s water supply, so we are delighted to be partnering with An Taisce's Green-Schools Water Theme for the sixth year running.
“We are always impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools come up with to save water and promote awareness both in their classrooms and in their communities.”