Kids cut down on lunch litter
LUNCH boxes were the hot topic of discussion around the schoolyard in Boyne Island this week.
It wasn’t so much what goodies were inside them, but more importantly, how they were packed.
The increased focus students placed on the contents of their lunch boxes was all part of Boyne Island State School’s Litter Free Lunch Day.
Held in conjunction with the hosting of the school’s Envirofest last week, the Litter Free Lunch Day was aimed at encouraging students and their families to think about the impact of litter on the environment.
To help promote the important message of waste reduction, students were encouraged to bring their lunch to school in reusable containers.
The requirements were simple – the lunch must be wrap- and package-free.
A large number of students took up the challenge, with many receiving the tick of approval from their classroom teachers who inspected the litter-free lunch boxes.
Students who successfully participated in the school’s second annual Litter Free Lunch were rewarded for their “green” efforts by going into a draw to win environmentally friendly incentive prizes.
Boyne Island State School’s Jen Wills said staff enthusiastically promoted this idea to keep the school green and work as a team to reduce energy and waste.
Likewise, school principal Michael Hurst said the event was about promoting awareness among the children.
“It changes their behaviours and gets them enthused about making changes to benefit the environment,” Mr Hurst said.
“In turn they take these messages home.
“Another gain tends to be the lunches brought in are healthier, which supports our Smart Choices program and fits in with our get-active-and-healthy lifestyle goals.”