This years Litter Angels competition to design an anti-litter poster has been won by Island pupil Jessica Schot, who goes to Eastchurch CofE Primary School St Clement.
This years theme for the annual competition, in which children from primary schools across Sittingbourne and Sheppey take part, was to illustrated how litter harms animals.
The colourful poster designed by Jessica, who is 9 years old, got that message over perfectly and has now been printed onto a metal plaque that has been erected in local McDonalds car parks alongside winning posters from previous years.
Jessica was made an honorary Litter Angel at a presentation held in the Kemsley Community Hall. In addition she was presented with a certificate, a mug, a copy of the Litter Angels book and a £50 cheque. Eastchurch CofE Primary School St Clement won a £100 cheque.
The Mayor and Mayoress of Swale presented awards to all 24 finalists, one from each school that took part, after which Jessica was announced to have been the winner by Paul Crocker, the franchise owner of all three local McDonalds restaurants.
The Chairman of Litter Angels, local MP Gordon Henderson, said:
“Each year the Litter Angels competition gets bigger and better and more schools are booking a workshop for their Year 5 pupils, which is great news.
“I would like to congratulate all the children whose posters were shortlisted for the final, the winner from each school and of course, the overall winner, Jessica Schot.
“I hope Jessica’s poster will encourage people to think about the harm that litter does to animals before dropping litter on the ground.
“Instead I want to urge them to use a litter bin, or, if one is not available, take it home with them for disposal.