MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Cannonvale State School Grade Three students Indianna Townsend, Airlie Weller, Jade Healey (back), teacher and Reef Guardian co-ordinator Kerri Head, Sureti Rokotovaga, Grade 6 eco ambassadors Lily Arena and Ben Ivers, Oxsen Prosser and Cody Gibbs do their part for World Environment Day on Friday.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Cannonvale State School Grade Three students Indianna Townsend, Airlie Weller, Jade Healey (back), teacher and Reef Guardian co-ordinator Kerri Head, Sureti Rokotovaga, Grade 6 eco ambassadors Lily Arena and Ben Ivers, Oxsen Prosser and Cody Gibbs do their part for World Environment Day on Friday.

Students clean up fast

CANNONVALE State School eco ambassadors Lily Arena and Ben Ivers shared a proud moment when they couldn't even fill one bag with rubbish from their school grounds.

On Friday the primary school helped celebrate World Environment Day with the rest of globe.

"The goal is to pick up what little rubbish we have at the school," Ben said.

"Because we're right next to the reef and people need to be aware," Lily added.

The eco ambassadors initiated the event where they divided up different areas of the school for different classes to clean.

Their main priority was the rainforest at the far end of the school that leads to a creek catchment.

"Most of the rubbish isn't even from our school," Ben said.

On their second lunch break, Lily and Ben read environmental stories to younger classes.

The two Grade Six students love the Great Barrier Reef and after several weekend training sessions with Eco Barge's Libby Edge, they are armed and ready to protect their environment.

"I love looking after the reef because of all the unique water creatures it has," Lily said.

"I love the science behind it. I want to be a marine biologist when I grow up," Ben said.

Grade Three teacher and Reef Guardian co-ordinator Kerri Head said Friday's event was one of the times when not collecting a great deal of rubbish actually meant a better result.


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