Coláiste Iosagáin's students' Green Walk in Portarlington

Leinster Express Reporter


Leinster Express Reporter

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Coláiste Íosagáin students go green

Staff and a whopping 300 students at Coláiste Iosagáin in Portarlington stepped out in green supporting St Patrick's Day and the environment.

The secondary school's Green Schools committee organised a walking bus to school for their Green Day on Friday March 15. Parents dropped students at three points on the outskirts of the town to walk in.

The Green Schools co-ordinator is teacher Brigid Gilligan, helped by Carol Browne.

“It was a brilliant day. The students really got behind it this year, and they enjoyed great chats on the way. It was our fourth annual walk to school which began when we got our Travel Flag. We are applying for our Biodiversity flag so the money raised will be split between that project and a local charity of the students' choosing,” she said.

Each student paid €2, while staff, the principal Seamus Bennett and the three deputy principals all walked to school as well.

Ms Gilligan praised the Green Schools Committee of 30 students.

“They have a phenomonal passion for the environment,” she said, also thanking local supermarkets for their support.