Ballyboy NS students won top prize of an iPad Mini last month at the 12th Co-operation is Cool Awards ceremony in Portlaoise, when their project ‘Create, Cook and Cure’ stood out as typifying the spirit of co-operation within their community.
Best primary project went to Castlecuffe NS with ‘Travel From Climate Change’, while best post-primary prize was awarded to Mountrath CS with their entry ‘Fun Faces & Smart Cell Solutions’, both winning digital cameras.
The competition is run by Laois Education Centre to introduce the concept of co-ops to young people.
220 pupils from 6 primary and 4 post-primary schools exhibited 25 projects, the results of months of hard work.
All received certs, with many prizes handed out, supported by sponsors NIS Systems, ICOS and Glanbia.
Ms Fiona Dunne chaired the judges panel,praising the standard of entries,and noted the importance of co-operation in local communities.
MC’d by Paddy Bates, the exciting evening was rounded off with music by the pupils of Gaelscoil an tSli Dala.