Most children hope for an advent calendar full of chocolates or at least traditional Christmas pictures, but for the pupils at Aldeburgh Primary School, this year their school’s advent calendar offered something a little different.
Hug a tree, feed the birds, eat an egg laid by a happy Suffolk hen or collect some ivy & pine cones to make Christmas decorations are just some of the actions the children (and their parents!) are being encouraged to take each day in the run up to Christmas. Treats will be allowed on Christmas Eve!
The children have been opening the giant advent calendar during morning assembly and then, following a conversation about the day’s task, are being encouraged to make time to carry out the ‘green deed for the day’.
Supported by Suffolk Libraries and East Suffolk Council, the team behind Aldeburgh’s Green & Clean Community Initiative created the advent calendar as part of their drive to encourage families to become ‘greener’ in their everyday lives.
Christine Collett, who is leading the initiative, commented:
“Talking to the children demonstrated to us just how aware they are about climate change and what a great job the school is doing to tackle this difficult subject. Being on the coast, Aldeburgh is at the frontline of the impacts of climate change, particularly rising sea levels, so collectively we need to take action to change some of our habits’.
We hope everyone, residents, businesses and visitors, will all challenge themselves and their families to ‘Reduce, Recycle & Rethink’ so that the town becomes known for the efforts it is making.”
The advent calendar is also on view in the Aldeburgh library together with a display and suggestion box inviting people to share their thoughts and offer support or become a ‘champion’ of a favourite green idea.