Samson PS students take environmental approach to Mother’s Day gift making

Samson PS students with the bags they made for Mother's Day.
Samson PS students with the bags they made for Mother's Day.

SAMSON Primary School students have made mum something different for Mother’s Day this year.

Inspired by the impending ban on plastic bags, the school gardener and teachers have created bags made from donated tea towels.

Teacher Garry Evans said three classes – two Year 4 and one Year 5/6 – were involved in the project.

“They began a series of information sessions on the environmental impact of single use plastic bags,” he said.

“The discussions included the facts that plastic of all forms poison the environment because they take hundreds of years to break down and while doing so leech toxins into the environment.

“Perhaps the most relevant to the kids is the fact that they affect the soil that we try to grow vegetables in, considering the ownership the children have taken with the schools organic vegetable garden this had a lot of impact with them.

“The children at Samson Primary are very passionate about recycling as they see the many projects implemented at school and are keen to take these ideas home and promote them.”

Mr Evans said the inspiration was to produce an alternative to the plastic bags as part of the Mother’s Day gifts.

“The process began with the donation of the tea towels,” he said.

“From there the teachers had the children decorate the bags with templates, spray paint and masks supplied by Chris the gardener.

“The children then wrote Mother’s Day messages on to the bags and the children will be writing an information slip to go into the bag that promotes the ban and the reasons why it is necessary.”

Mr Evans said the program would be extended to other senior classes for Father’s Day as well as the gardener making flowers from recycled plastic bottles the children will cut and decorate.

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