A Thornton schoolgirl today told of her surprise after being told she had won a town hall competition to design a poster to promote recycling across the borough.
Holly Johnson, 12, a former pupil of Stanah Primary School, was chosen as the winner in the Wyre Council-backed contest for her poster featuring the slogan “Turn over a new leaf.”
Holly, who is now attending Millfield Science and Performing Arts College, on Belvedere Road, discovered she had won after receiving a letter from the school asking her to attend a prize giving at Stanah last month.
She said: “I was confused at first as I didn’t remember entering a competition.
“When we got to the prize- giving I was really excited and couldn’t believe I had won.
“My mum was shocked but proud.”
Holly’s school had participated in the competition to celebrate this year’s National Recycling Week, which started on June 17, in order to get children involved in highlighting what can be done to help the environment and how people can reduce waste, reuse and recycle.
Coun Peter Murphy, cabinet member with responsibility for recycling on Wyre Council, selected the finalists and the overall winner from the many entries.
Coun Murphy presented Holly with her certificate along with finalists Dalton Patterson, Amy Maw, Callum Thexton, James Brooks, Paige Pengelly and Laura Klavina, all of them pupils at Stanah School, on Lambs Road, Thornton.
They also received environmentally friendly prizes as reward for their efforts, including wind-up radios and torches, recycled pens, pencils and rulers.
Holly’s winning design will now be used by the council in future promotions and may even be featured on the side of a council lorry as the authority attempts to reinforce the recycling message.
“It’s not good that people dump all their rubbish in the ground and cover it up,” she added.
“I think recycling is very important because if we don’t it will be very hard for wildlife to survive.”
Holly added that she is going to continue promoting recycling and attempt to recycle at home as often as possible following her success in the competition.