Friday, 6 June 2008

My colleague Steve Ruse, our Sustainable Schools Consultant, has done a brilliant job over the last few days organising our first Green Day here in Leeds and he sent me this late this afternoon...

"Hi Chris
, Just returned from the photo opportunity with Hilary Benn and wanted to quickly report what a fantastic job he did for us. He was brilliant with the pupils and amenable to all the different photo requests including separate shots with the sponsors, Asda Stores Ltd and Connaught Partnerships Ltd, who both sent senior colleagues. The Yorkshire Evening Post sent a photographer and Hilary recorded a lengthy interview with Radio Aire. Hilary also sent his best wishes to you. Headteacher Julian Gorton, class teacher Teresa Walker and the wonderful children all did the school proud. Hilary planted sunflowers with the children and talked to them about their musical instruments and bags all made from recycled materials. A full report of all the activities of the last 2 days will follow in due course but for now I'm away for a well earned break. Have a nice week-end. Regards Steve."

Hilary Benn helped us finish a very special week on a high. It was important for all of us, who are passionate about the environment and sustainability, to have Hilary add some of his very special magic to our efforts to turn the schools green here in Leeds.

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