An environmental action programme for primary school children
Picker Pals is an environmental action programme for primary school children, their families, schools, and communities. Picker Pals motivates children through a fun song and story world, and the unique Picker Pack, equipping and inspiring children on local litter-picking adventures. Picker Pals connects literacy, music, storytelling, environmental learning, and action and gives children the opportunity to play their part in making the world a better place.
Each classroom involved in the Picker pals programme is issued a ‘picker pack’, which contains two litter pickers, gloves, instructions and bags. Each week, a lucky student gets to take this pack home to go litter picking with their loved ones. When they return the pack, they are asked to talk about what they found, fill out worksheets on how they can prevent the littering of these items and come up with solutions.
A few years ago, children’s author, Patrick Jackson began litter-picking and organising local community clean-ups with his friends. This led to visiting primary schools and showing children interesting beach finds. Telling stories about these found items suggested the idea of connecting storytelling with environmental education, and how it might be possible to combine two with real practical action to tackle the problem.
VOICE is working in partnership with Picker Pals to advance this programme and to reach as many schools and children across Ireland as possible.
If your school is interested in taking part, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org