STUDENTS of SMK Jelutong in Penang have been taught to ensure that nothing goes to waste.
They even collect rain water to water plants and clean the drains.
And instead of discarding broken desks and chairs, they repair them for reuse.
Their efforts were recognised when they emerged champion in the secondary school category of the Green School Award 2016 (island level) competition.
Teacher adviser Lily Jan Ismail, 56, said her students were taught to play their part in championing green values.
“We have been taking part in the competition for seven years,” she said after the prize-giving ceremony of the competition in Komtar recently.
SK Titi Teras was the champion in the primary school category.
School teacher Nuraisha Alias, 35, said that her pupils focused on greening the school.
“They created a herb and vegetable garden in the school. We keep our pupils involved in green projects in the school,” she said, adding this was the second year that the school took part in the competition.
The two schools each won 10 laptops, a trophy, RM2,732 and certificates.
SK Jelutong and SMK (P) Methodist came in second in the primary school and secondary school categories respectively.
They each won seven laptops, a trophy, RM2,332 and certificates.
Penang Island City Council mayor Datuk Patahiyah Ismail said 25 primary and 18 secondary schools took part in the competition this year.
State Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow thanked Suiwah Corporation Berhad, Eastern & Oriental Berhad, Mah Sing Group, Intel Technology and Penang Green Council for sponsoring and supporting the competition.
He also thanked the state Education Department and state Environment Department for their co-operation in making the competition a success.