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2011 GREEN TEACHER AWARD NT & NATIONAL WINNER

Bees Creek Primary School Teacher Named the Territory’s and Nation’s Greenest

Media Release - 17 May 2011

Sandi Burt’s hands-on approach to environmental education has been a winner with both students and the local community.

Clean Up Australia Chairman Ian Kiernan AO today announced Sandi had been awarded the top honour in the 2011 Clean Up Australia Green Teacher Awards not only in the Northern Territory, but Australia-wide.

Sandi was faced with the challenge of raising awareness and changing behaviours in a community that doesn’t have even basic local recycling. In response, she organised an activity where kids cleaned up an area then classified all the waste removed from the environment.

A ‘Bottle Boy’ and ‘Glass Girl’ were constructed from the rubbish in order to send a strong message about the quantity of recyclable waste found along the community’s roadsides.

Sandi was very pleased with the community’s response to the project. “Litchfield Council invited us after hearing of our work on the airstrip to assist with their research; NT News ran articles; and the conveners of our fete supported us running a recycling stall,” she said

Clean Up Australia introduced the Green Teacher Award to recognise teachers who have been a positive influence on students by carrying out environmental projects within their school community.

Mr Kiernan said that educating our children is one of the most important steps we can take for the environment.

“Sandi is educating a new generation of environmental ambassadors. The students at Bees Creek are taking their understanding of environmental issues into the wider community, making sure their parents understand the issues as well as they do.”

The scale of challenges faced by the kids at Bees Creek resulted in Sandi receiving further acclaim by being named the national Green Teacher.

Thanks to competition sponsor SANYO, Sandi has won a SANYO PDG-DWL2500 Ultra Short-Throw projector for Bees Creek Primary School.

Details of the national Green Teacher and other state’s winners can be found at http://www.cleanup.org.au/au/LiveGreener/2011-green-teacher-award.html

Mr Kiernan congratulated all teachers who took part in Clean Up Australia Day 2011 and said he looked forward to working with the new generations of teachers and students in future years.


Further information:
Marita Dortins, 0415 385 056
 

 
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