Paddock National School have proudly raised their first An Taisce Green flag, awarded for litter and waste management.
All 72 pupils of the small school, at the foot of the Slieve Blooms, worked together litter picking, recycling, composting, planting trees and erecting bird tables, to achieve their flag, while learning ways to live a greener lifestyle.
They were led by the Greenschools committee, made up of an elected representative fromevery class, with the help of co-ordinator Alison Phelan, and principal Bernadette Fitzpatrick.
“We started three years ago. We now have less waste, recycling has increased, and we use compost for our flowers,” Ms Phelan said.
Last Wednesday June 17 the flag was officially raised by former GAA President Liam O’Neill, at a ceremony attended by Laois County Council cathaoirleach John Joe Fennelly and local councillors, Fr Hennessy, parents and past pupils including Laois camogie player Ashling Burke.
“It was a very proud day. We are thrilled to see the flag flying now,” said Ms Phelan.