Green thumbs give habitat a hand

Charlize Tresham, 7, Charlotte Baggio, 6, Jamison Ladd, 9, and classmates with Darrell Fitzpatrick and Greg Aplin, kickstart their new garden project at Howlong Public School. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

Charlize Tresham, 7, Charlotte Baggio, 6, Jamison Ladd, 9, and classmates with Darrell Fitzpatrick and Greg Aplin, kickstart their new garden project at Howlong Public School. Picture: MATTHEW SMITHWICK

THE children of Howlong Public School not only have green thumbs, but have been officially recognised for it with a NRMA Insurance Community grant of $5000.

The money will fund the school’s Green Thumb project, a habitat in the school grounds for endangered bird and frog species.

Some of these species include the speckled warbler, the diamond firetail and Sloane’s froglet.

The students, from kindergarten and year 6 — were named in a ceremony attended by member for Albury Greg Aplin.

Mr Aplin said the students had made a fantastic effort and they deserved the recognition they had received.

“There have been around 92 of these grants distributed through NSW this year, and it’s great that the school banded together to earn one,” he said.

All of the students involved in the program received special badges to commemorate their efforts at yesterday’s ceremony from Mr Aplin and NRMA representative Darrell Fitzpatrick.

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