Two children from Wateringbury primary school have had their recycling artwork turned into a billboard.
Penny and Samara took part in the national Children’s Takeover Challenge in November at Shorne Woods Country Park.
As part of the day, the 11-year-olds worked with Hannah Allard and Kirsty Bareham from the council’s waste management team to design a new social marketing campaign to boost recycling rates within the county.
The year six pupils then presented these to Matthew Balfour, Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport.
This artwork has now been turned into billboards now on show in Wat Tyler Way and the rear of King Street, overlooking Sainsburys, in Maidstone.
Mr Balfour said: “I am very impressed with the work these girls have done and when they came to us in November they really understood that being in charge means making difficult decisions and that you can’t always do everything you’d like to.
“It was great to get some fresh ideas about how to encourage people to recycle more and their artwork looks fantastic on the billboard – let’s hope it encourages people to do their bit.”
Wateringbury Primary School Headteacher Chasey Crawford-Usher said: “Our pupils are involved in many aspects of civic responsibility and the billboard is an excellent representation of our role in the community.
“We were delighted to be invited to take part in KCC’s Takeover Challenge and with the level of involvement which the girls experienced during their day with the council. The billboard is the icing on the cake.”