Castle Street Upper, Tralee, Co. Kerry

I was approached by girls in fourth class last year (now fifth class) in relation to doing something positive for the environment. They named their organisation ‘Planet Power’. The girls were clear and articulate on how they wanted to contribute to the local community, taking inspiration from Greta Thunberg. They put together a proposal, assigned roles within the committee and their class, set goals, created their own logo (see image) and sourced sponsorship. I am bowled over by the consideration and attention to detail shown by the girls. They are a credit to their parents and the school. Grass roots activism at its best’

Wednesday was their first outing of Planet Power’s programme entitled ‘Care for the Square’, where the girls set to work picking up litter in the town square, but the girls have big plans for raising awareness and increasing pupil participation in important community initiatives. The school will be listed as a participating school in Tralee’s Tidy Towns submission this year and Joe Moynihan, a leading member of the Tidy Towns committee, spoke of how impressed he was by the enthusiasm and interest shown by the girls as they helped clean up the town centre. ‘It’s great to see the youth taking an interest’ he said.

‘We hope to help Tralee be a nicer place to walk around, and to show other children and adults they can help out too’ said Sarah Brick, whose grandfather Billy Nolan is sponsoring hi-vis vests with the school crest.

Mr Hickey

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