IN EVERY community across Glasgow, young people are working hard to improve their neighbourhoods for all.
Since we launched our Streets Ahead campaign in 2011, schools have been enthusiastic supporters of our initiative.
Now we want to hear about the nursery, primary, secondary and ASL schools who have been going the extra mile.
The deadline for applications to our Streets Ahead awards 2019 is April 26.
So if you know of a great school, full of inspirational young people doing amazing things for their communities, please tell us about them.
The Evening Times Streets Ahead campaign, in partnership with Glasgow City Council, City Charitable Trust and City Building, is now in its eighth year.
Previous winners of our Best School Award have included our very first champions Kelvindale Primary, where pupils organised a community clean-up, ran an anti-litter poster campaign with local shopkeepers and grew their own organic fruit and vegetables which they donated to a nearby care home; and Hillhead Primary’s eco squad and eco committee, for carrying out regular litter picks and recycling collections in partnership with local organisations and the wider community.
In 2015, the best school category was won by Mount Florida Primary School and Parent Partnership, who embraced the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with a fantastic legacy project.
A year later, a school won the overall award for the first time.
Thorntree Primary impressed the judges with its comprehensive list of community activities, including organising litter picking sessions, distributing food parcels to elderly residents, planting bulbs at Shettleston Railway Station and visiting local nursing homes with its children’s choir.
Forward-thinking staff were all trained in CPR and teaching lifesaving skills to the pupils and the school had recently launched a community choir encouraging families to sing together.
Pupils, staff and parents took their environmental responsibilities seriously at Thorntree too, and made the most of outdoor learning opportunities.
We know there are many more great community-minded schools out there – please tell us about them!
To nominate yourself or someone else for a Streets Ahead award, visit the dedicated awards website at newsquestscotlandevents.com/streetsahead The closing date for nominations is April 26.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0141 302 6019.
We will be awarding eight prizes, including an overall winner, to be announced at a special ceremony on June 18.
There will be trophies for the best garden, best clean-up campaign, best environmental initiative, best community garden, best community initiative and best business initiative, plus a schools award.
The best garden prize will be presented to the best residential garden. We are looking for gardens which are attractive and well kept, which improve the appearance of the local area.
Perhaps you live next door to a brilliant gardener who inspires you and your neighbours? Maybe your own garden is a source of great joy for you and your family – tell us why and you could be in with a chance of winning a Streets Ahead award.
The clean-up campaign category celebrates the best clean-up initiatives taking place across the city. We want to hear from people who have come together to tidy up their local area, whether it’s a street, gardens, allotments or even a park.
The Glasgow City Council environmental initiative award will be presented to city’s best “green” project, whether it’s a recycling scheme, a sustainable travel initiative or something completely different, while for the best community garden category, we will be looking for gardens which are used by the whole community.
The winner of the best community initiative category will be an exceptional example of a project which encourages people to work together, which has gone the extra mile to make a real difference to people’s lives.
The Green Glasgow Business Award will be presented to t h e company, large or small, which has played its part in keeping Glasgow clean and green and the schools award will be given to a nursery, primary, secondary or assisted support for learning school which can demonstrate what contribution it has made to its local community.
The overall winner will be chosen from the winners of all the other categories.
Our Streets Ahead coverage continues tomorrow in the newspaper and online here.