Pupils at Burnside Primary School were gambling on their card sense last week.
For the youngsters were doing their bit to help the planet by handing over an amazing 15,000 Christmas cards to be recycled at the area’s Tesco store.
The recycling project tied in with their class work on ecology and the environment, and will also help towards their next Green Flag Award, which are part of the Eco-Schools international initiative, aimed at encouraging school action for the environment.
Primary five teacher Joanne Rhicard said: “We were doing a Christmas card recycling project as part of our eco and enterprise work, and the children decided they would collect them and raise awareness of waste management, which would all go towards earning our next Green Flag.
“In December, the children lettered family and friends to see if they would support us, and Tesco in Burnside always like to recycle cards, so we linked up with them, to raise awareness of their trying to be a zero carbon company, and they will be giving us some gardening material in the near future, to help us with other projects.
“We managed to raise around 15,000 cards, which is just fantastic. The children are really delighted, as they got their families and friends to help them out - and this is what resuted from just one class.”
Burnside Tesco community champion Karen Jarvie was delighted that they were able to work in conjunction with the local school
She said: “I am delighted that Tesco Burnside can assist with school enterprise projects and in particular the fact that this one is in line with the eco ethos of our company.
“The children have done remarkably well with their recycle efforts and they were surprised to find out that along with other items like batteries, plastic bags and electrical goods, Tesco is the leading retailer in the UK regards recycling with over 300,000 tonnes of cardboard alone being reused each year.”
Meanwhile, the Burnside youngsters are keeping up their good work by helping out a deserving charity.
Joanne added: “The children are also doing a stamp collection, which they’ve been taking from old Christmas card envelopes, and are going to send these to the Yorkhill Children’s Foundation.”
The Foundation collect stamps and sell them by the kilo to raise funds for their numerous worthwhile projects, accepting large and small quantities of stamps