Presentation pupils team up with CIE club for community clean-up

Owen Hickey

Reporter:

Owen Hickey

A GROUP of transition year students put aside their books for the day to help out their local community last week.

A GROUP of transition year students put aside their books for the day to help out their local community last week.

Sixteen transition year students from Presentation Secondary School on Sexton Street took part in a Community Action Day in the St Saviours Community CIE Club on Friday.

The students, along with their teacher Mrs Ahern, ably assisted by Mr Daly and Mr Hughes took on the environmental challenge of cleaning and painting the CIE Club.

Presentation students Vanessa Blake and Sinead Tully were delighted they got the chance to take part in the initiative.

“We are enjoying doing this because it’s improving the way our community looks and we hope that the community will be happy with the hard work we have done today.

“It feels good to give back to our local community,” they said.

Students also planted daffodils and a large range of plants which were supplied by Billy Van Veens Garden Centre in Patrickswell. Cleaning equipment was provided by the Environment Office of Limerick City Council.

The project was organised by Eco-UNESCO - who run the Young Environmental Awards - and funded jointly by Toyota and Presentation Secondary School.

The aim of the project was to promote school and community links.

The St Saviours Board of Directors, Community Development Coordinator, Tamy Tabeni and CIE Club Caretaker, John Sommers were delighted that the students offered to work within their local community.

The CIE Club is the hub of the St Saviours Community and hosts many weekly initiatives.

These initiatives target local residents in the area and examples include: Community Education Classes, a Youth Club, a Men’s Group, a Women’s Group and a Senior Citizens Club.

Upon completing the community clean-up, students presented plants to the newly established Gardening Club.