Trawden pupils scoop “Roots and Shoots” award

WE'RE GOING TO THE ZOO: Pupils at Trawden Forest Primary School celebrate being crowned winners of The Roots and Shoots Jane Goodall Award 2012 (S)
WE'RE GOING TO THE ZOO: Pupils at Trawden Forest Primary School celebrate being crowned winners of The Roots and Shoots Jane Goodall Award 2012 (S)

CONSCIENTIOUS Trawden pupils have been recognised for making the world a better place for animals, the environment and human communities.

Lucky members of Class Six at Trawden Forest Primary School were delighted to receive an invitation to London Zoo, to showcase their science work, and collect a special award.

As well as being given the opportunity to meet renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, who the youngsters have been studying as part of a school project, pupils were also thrilled to be chosen as the winners of The Roots and Shoots Jane Goodall Award 2012. They were also given a signed book, and a subscription to the national Geographic Kids magazine.

Last term, each class from the whole school were asked to focus on a different scientist for their studies, and Class Six chose Jane for her pioneering work with chimpanzees.

The class adopted a chimpanzee, and also contacted the Jane Goodall Institute, as part of their work.

Class teacher Mrs Janet Crabtree said: “It’s just amazing — all the children have worked so hard on this project and to get a response, an invite and an award like this is just fantastic.

“I think it demonstrated to the children that they can make a real difference, and while science subjects can sometimes appear a bit distant, having a real life scientist engage with them in this way has made it very real for them, which can only be a good thing.”

The Roots and Shoots program is about making positive change happen for communities, for animals and for the environment.

With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots and Shoots network connects youngsters who share a desire to create a better world.

It provides young people with the knowledge, tools and hopeful inspiration to improve the environment and the quality of life for people and animals.