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Kirkcaldy Kids Go Green
20 October 2009

The primary 5, 6 and 7 children from St Marie’s Primary School took part in a competition to design a winning character, which was then printed on to 6,500 magnets to be sent out to all Fife Alliance tenants.

The magnets will provide Fife Alliance tenants with useful telephone numbers that they can phone for energy saving advice.

One lucky pupil had their character printed on the magnets and all children that took part had their design printed on tea towels.

St Marie’s Deputy Head teacher Karen Doherty said the competition had been hugely worthwhile.

She said: “St Marie’s Primary is keen to foster energy efficiency measures within the school and in the local community.

“The children are working hard to achieve Green Flag status and this is a highly enterprising way to support that drive.

“We welcome opportunities to work with local businesses to deliver real and relevant learning. This project is only a fraction of the exciting work ongoing in the school and we are extremely proud of the children’s efforts.”

Fife Housing Association Alliance, which comprises Kingdom, Fife, Glen, and Ore Valley housing associations, has been working with Changeworks on a Fuel Poverty Awareness Programme to raise awareness with tenants on how they can save energy in their homes.

Each housing association sent out letters to tenants inviting them to attend a half day awareness session with Changeworks to get them interacting with other tenants and talking about what they do to try and save energy within their home.

Changeworks provided useful tips and information on saving energy, how they can reduce their fuel bills and who they can contact if they have any worries or concerns about their fuel bills.

The magnet competition formed part of the campaign, with Kingdom H.A. taking the lead role in the initiative, providing St Marie’s children with information packs containing energy efficient puzzles and a page for them to design an energy efficient cartoon character and also make up a slogan if they wanted.

Alan McGuckin, Chief Executive at Kingdom Housing Association, said: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with local schools and we hope the children have enjoyed participating in helping to send out a message on energy efficiency.

“The magnets and tea towels are not only decorative; they also provide useful telephone numbers for tenants on energy advice.”

Rob Milne, Director of Technical Services at Fife Housing Association, also added: “This has been an incredibly worthwhile project to be involved in, as it is important to build partnerships with local schools, and I hope that the pupils also enjoyed working on their magnet designs. The magnets will be extremely useful for all Fife Alliance tenants.”

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