Blessington Educate Together recently accepted the inuagural ‘SuperValu School Award’ at the SuperValu Tidy Towns awards.
The students of Blessington Educate Together National School showed incredible community spirit and dedication to sustainability when they partnered up with The Blessington Allotments Campaign in 2021, which allowed students to grow their very own starwberry plants.
This project, titled “Edible Blessington”, gave students a first-hand insight into how food is made, and their very own participation spurred them on to learn even more about the processes involved.
The awards ceremony was held in Croke Parke earlier in the month.
TD Jennifer Whitmore, who recently congratulated the students in Blessington, said “This is a huge achievement for the children, teachers, and school community here in Blessington Educate Together. I am delighted to be able to visit them today and congratulate them in person on winning this National award for their role in the Edible Blessington Project.”
“It is wonderful to see community groups and schools working together in our towns and villages and helping younger generations take part in community climate actions like growing your own food. Projects like this one help start conversations with our children about where our food comes from. I really enjoyed talking to the children at Blessington Educate Together and listening to them speak proudly about their school garden,” added Ms Whitmore, who is the Climate spokesperson for the Social Democrats.
“We have a very strong sense of community here in Blessington and we are very proud of what our schools, the Blessington Allotments Campaign and the Blessington Tidy Towns have achieved with this joint project. I am delighted that all their hard work has been recognised nationally with this award,” commented Deirdre McCormack, Social Democrats Local Area Rep for West Wicklow.
“Wicklow communities were very successful at the Tidy Towns Awards this year and they all did us proud. I would like to thank all the Tidy Towns volunteers across the county who are out week after week looking after our towns and villages, organising community projects and making Wicklow a wonderful place to live,” concluded Jennifer Whitmore.