CAROLINE’S MONTESSORI WINS NATIONAL AWARD: We are delighted to report that Caroline’s Montessori based in the Community Centre Crecora, has won the top prize in a Battery Recycling initiative aimed at preschool children.
The competition was run jointly by the European Recycling Platform (ERP) and Early Childhood Ireland.
The children at the school collected a whopping 385kg of used batteries, equating to the weight of 200,000 AA batteries.
With just 11 children in attendance, the winners collected more than their own weight in batteries at 32.9kg per child, an amazing achievement for the young recyclers.
They win an ERP Recycling Party, complete with magic and puppet show, balloon modelling and face paint, as well as a trophy and a voucher to the value of €250.
Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald stated: “I wish to commend Early Childhood Ireland and ERP on this superb initiative which recognises that efforts to encourage recycling and positive behaviour can be assisted by starting with the early years. I also wish to congratulate the children and staff of the Caroline O’Dowd Montessori Preschool in Limerick on collecting the most number of batteries for recycling.”
Irene Gunning CEO of Early Childhood Ireland said: “I want to add our praise and congratulations to the children, parents and staff of Caroline O’Dowd Montessori Preschool who really embraced this programme and made it happen.
“This campaign blends so well with the green, environmentally friendly nature of the Irish preschool curriculum and it is important to share the success story from Limerick to encourage others to jump on board.
“This is a fun, simple and effective recycling campaign, where the children take centre stage and build real understanding and skills for their future education and career paths which hopefully will remain very green.”
We adults in Crecora could certainly take the lead from these young environmentalists and increase our efforts to recycle not only batteries but a host of other materials which needlessly make their way into local landfills.
FEILE NA NGAEL: Blessed with glorious summer weather, and boosted by tremendous community spirit, Feile na nGael 2013 was a weekend to remember in Crecora. Kilpeacon GAA and Crecora Camogie club hosted Dungannon of Tyrone and Clonlara of Clare respectively.
Both teams and their mentors were a credit to their parishes and both finished their campaign with victories. Coupled to this, the Camogie club won the prize for best banner in the Féile parade, which took place from the Gaelic Grounds to Pery Square on Friday evening.
To finish the festivities, a great night was had by all in the Southcourt Hotel where the children and teenagers danced the night away, while the parents socialised with the visitors.
Tributes were paid to the generous sponsors and to all who assisted in any way. The visiting and host clubs all presented and received beautiful mementos of the occasion. Centrepiece was a fabulously decorated cake created by Mona Lyons which featured the symbols of the competition and the flags of the competing teams.
CÉILI: we have been asked to advise you that a Charity Céili featuring The StriolanCéilí Bandwill take place on Friday August 2 from 9.30p.m. - 12.30a.m.in the Resource Centre, Knockaderry (Near Newcastle West, Co. Limerick). Tea will be served. Contact: Teresa @ 087-9427259 or Deirdre @ 086-1630201