GREEN flag committees in a number of Laois schools have been rewarded for their efforts for conserving water.
Two primary schools – Rathdowney Church of Ireland National School and Scoil Molaise National School, Ballinakill – each received green flags for their conservation measures on water, while Hanna Biju from Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise won the secondary school category of the poster competition for the midlands region.
The winners were announced at the Irish Water-sponsored An Taisce green school regional awards presentation in Athlone.
The two Laois schools were among 119 schools nationwide receiving the green flag for water conservation. The water theme looks at developing awareness around water conservation and how to effectively manage this important resource in our schools and at home and is sponsored by Irish Water.
Yvonne Harris from Irish Water said: “We were very impressed by the creative and innovative ways that all of the schools came up with to save water and to promote awareness, both in their classrooms and in their communities.”
Green schools manager Cathy Baxter said: “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.”