Glengarry Primary School’s ‘Pick up Day’ team organises a day of the week when students are invited to spend lunch time picking up rubbish. Class mates, Henry, Kaelan, Tatiana, Charlie, Isabel and Jedd publicised and organised pick up day without input from teachers. The biggest impact of pick up day is the reduction in the amount of rubbish in the yard. The other flow-on effects have been the feeling of positivity and goodwill that the students have created among their peers.
With very little input from teachers at Glengarry, the children have been driving the intiative from the outset, problem solving along the way. The team is now enlisting staff assistance to expand pick up day into the community and possibly hold a ‘Pick Up Day Olympics’.