School shuts down electricity to mark Earth Hour

Jarrow Cross Primary School Earth Hour switch-off
Jarrow Cross Primary School Earth Hour switch-off

It was lights out at a school in Jarrow yesterday – as pupils did their bit for the environment.

Children and staff at Jarrow Cross Primary School, on Borough Road, took part in Earth Hour.

We’re passionate about the environment here at Jarrow Cross, and always do what we can to support this event

Christina Holt

It involved them switching off all electrical appliances for an hour to raise awareness of climate change.

The school takes part in Earth Hour every year, and decided to hold the event yesterday after it officially took place around the world on Saturday.

Year three teacher Christina Holt said: “We’re passionate about the environment here at Jarrow Cross, and always do what we can to support this event.

“Unfortunately, this year it fell on a weekend, but we still decided to do it when the children were back in school as they really wanted to take part.

“All of the lights and computers were switched off, and the pupils took part in little art activities, reading and group games.”

Far from just showing their support for the environment once a year, the school has a group of ‘eco warriors’ – led and run by pupils – who make saving energy part of their daily routines.

Mrs Holt added: “They put their eco warrior hats on at break times and lunch time, and go round the school, checking all the lights that don’t need to be used are switched off.

“We also use recycle bins, and twice a day the eco warriors check that all of the classes are recycling.

“We do what we can to prevent climate change, and supporting Earth Hour is just part of that.

“It’s something the school is very proud to support.”