Appleshaw Green Ambassadors is a weekly lunchtime club run by children in Years 4 and 6 for children in Year 2.
Club Leaders Dottie, Daisy and Emma say: “We started the club because we were concerned about how many animals were endangered. It all began when one lunchtime we were playing Top Trumps ‘Predators’. We put the cards in the order of the most to least vicious. We were shocked to see that the man was the most vicious predator. Shame on you man! So we started this club for the sake of the nature and animals.”
We have made a positive difference to people by inspiring younger children at our school to take an interest in the natural environment. During the year all children in Year 2 will attend the club with the aim of having some fun whilst learning about wildlife and increasing their awareness of the environment. One of the children in the club said “It has encouraged me to do more things with the environment at home.”
We have made a positive difference to animals by:
- Installing Bird Feeders – We filled bird feeders up and put them around the school grounds to attract birds and keep them warm during the winter months.
- Creating a hedgehog house – Some of the children in Oak Class started a hedgehog house with the leaves around the grounds and used an old box to accommodate hedgehogs in the wild who are in need of a shelter.
- Fundraising for the WWF – We started this in aid of animals in the wild who are brutally hunted by poachers they kill them with no care about what they are doing. The money we raised at our bake sale all went to animals so they can be protected against cruelty and to help them fight for their rights.
We have made a positive difference to the environment through our involvement in Andover Trees United (http://www.andovertrees.org.uk/Andover_Trees/Home.html), which is an organisation focused on planting up a new area of community woodland in Andover and encouraging young people to engage with the local environment. In December 2017 we helped our Year 1 children plant some hazel trees in our nursery bed, ready to be planted in the community woodland next autumn. We have been involved in this project for several years.