There was a great “Attitude of Gratitude” at Vigo Infants School yesterday (Friday 5th September) as Manuela Wahnon gave a presentation to Years One and Two.
Aided and abetted by Mayor Jan Lovell and Councillor Ian Carr, the Andover campaigner got her message across about litter and having an “attitude of gratitude” to the approximate 150 children aged five and six years old sat hanging on her every word.
It was obviously not her first visit to the school as a few small voices of “it’s Manuela” were heard in the seated audience before she had even appeared in the hall.
Manuela took the children through various tasks and questions including the importance of not dropping plastic bags in the river when feeding ducks. Afterwards, a group of five of the children took part in a “Sort Things Out” challenge where they showed they knew the difference between rubbish and recycling.
Mayor Jan Lovell and Councillor Ian Carr played their part too as the “naughty adults” in the room, helping to keep the children entertained before a plaque – designed and created by Manuela’s friend Debby Beatson – was presented to the school by the Mayor.
The children then all took their turn being presented by Mayor Jan Lovell with one of the mugs or cups residents and businesses had generously donated during July and August.
Many of the children stopped to say thank you to Manuela before heading back to class and then home. One little girl was in tears as she did not want Manuela to go.
“It’s about being part of the community and improving where we live” she said, adding “If only 50% of the children take on the message then it has been 100% successful“.
A special mention must go to Headteacher Mrs Anne Perriam, Deputy Head Mrs Karen Austin together with the teachers, staff and pupils of Vigo Road Infants.