Pupils and teachers at Overleigh St Mary’s CE Primary School took a walk on the wild side to celebrate World Environment Day.
The Wear it Wild fundraising initiative, created by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), urged pupils and teachers to ‘go wild for their planet’ by dressing up to help protect threatened species.
The initiative was intended to raise money to support the work of the WWF, whilst raising awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation. A special assembly was held to celebrate the conservation work that takes place at Overleigh, who already support cheetah, shark, manatee, rhino and gorilla conservation projects.
Nicky Bolton, eco coordinator at Overleigh St Mary’s, said: “We were delighted to take part in this event. The children looked wonderful and we had some pretty amazing costumes from the staff too.
“Pupils were shocked to discover that a recent Living Planet report by the WWF showed that wildlife populations have declined by 52% since 1970. Our school is keen to develop projects supporting animals that have become threatened in the UK this year and would welcome any opportunities to become involved in local animal conservation projects.”