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Intel Ireland partners with Picker Pals to bring environmental programme to local schools

Picker Pals is an environmental action programme for primary school children, their families, schools and communities.

A student is pictured out litter picking as part of the programme

Intel Ireland is partnering with Picker Pals – a fun environmental activity programme for primary school children – to bring their initiative to schools in the Leixlip, Maynooth and Celbridge areas.

Angela Kenny, Picker Pals Programme Manager, explains more about the work of the organisation;

It makes me feel good because it feels better without litter. These are the words of a 1st Class primary school student participating in the Picker Pals programme being supported by Intel and rolling out in schools all over the country this year.

Picker Pals is an environmental action programme for primary school children, their families, schools and communities. Picker Pals motivates children through immersion in a song and story world, equipping every classroom with a Picker Pack and inspiring children on accompanied local litter-picking adventures. Intel have facilitated the programme in 10 local schools.

The Picker Pals programme allows children to actually do something to participate in and lead change. By becoming active in this way, they are joining the community of environmentally active people, leading to a lifetime of positive participation. What’s more, the Picker Packs are manufactured in the design upcycling workshop at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun and made from old dinghy sails, thereby contributing to the circular economy”.

A primary school student reads the Picker Pals workbook

Picker Pals creator, children’s book author, Patrick Jackson added;

“Raising awareness is an essential part of the solution to littering. Picker Pals gives young people the tools and positive motivation to steward their local environment. We’re very grateful for this sponsorship from Intel which shows a commitment to our shared goals. We are also grateful that, thanks to Intel’s support, parents, children and teachers are enjoying making the world a better place.”

Intel is proud to be playing our part in supporting Picker Pals and playing our part in creating the young environmentalists of the future. As part of the programme sponsorship, Intel will support the participation of 10 local schools. 7 of these schools have already signed up and begun their Picker Pals journey;

  • Maynooth Educate Together
  • Gaelscoil Ui Fhiach
  • Scoil Bhride, Leixlip
  • San Carlo Senior National School
  • Scoil Eoin Phoil
  • Scoil Mhuire, Leixlip
  • Weston Primary Montessori School and Pre-School

The commencement of the partnership with Picker Pals coincides with The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) which encourages people to carry out awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week in November.

The key messages this European Waste Reduction Week are;

Reduce: ask yourselves whether you really need the goods you are about to buy before buying them. That also goes for the packaging in which some products come as well.

Reuse: this is the part where conscientious consumers can really make the difference. Swap single-use items for reusable ones in every area of your life.

Recycling: is better than landfilling, but it’s not the preferred option. Why? If you need to recycle something, it means that you’re already generating waste.  Recycling should only constitute a small part of our efforts.

And… not forgetting to clean-up. Unfortunately, littering continues to affect the world around us. The work of the Picker Pals initiative helps to raise awareness of this challenge and to drive environmental responsibility.

Click here to find out more about the Picker Pals programme.

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