Welcome to The Bestival Foundation's Adopt a Bottle project
The first of Bestival organiser & BBC Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank's planned initiatives will see The Bestival Foundation work in conjunction with The Footprint Trust charity and fund a programme of education that will teach local Isle of Wight schoolchildren about water saving and help move local schools towards their eco-school goal. Now Bestival fans can see just how their generous charitable donations made each year at the multi award-winning Robin Hill based festival can benefit their nearest and dearest on a local community level.
As part of this initiative, the ‘Adopt A Bottle' scheme will see every Island schoolchild aged Under 16 presented with a free Josie da Bank designed strong and fully recycled Brita water bottle to adopt as their own within the next 3 years.
In addition, local schools have the opportunity to host free water-saving workshops where both staff and pupils will receive advice and assistance on methods of reducing water wastage (and consequently water bills!) both in school and at home. These initial workshops will be followed up with visits where staff and pupils will be able to talk about their successes in saving water.
Ray Harrington-Vail of the Footprint Trust said today;
‘All over the Isle of Wight children can now be seen carrying their converted Bestival Adopt-A-Bottle's to and from school. Visit a classroom and you will see trays full of the striking designer bottles. They have clearly captured the imagination of children, who are happy to show off their bottles and be pictured holding them. Over 10,000 bottles have been distributed to nearly half of the Island's schools. The majority of Isle of Wight Primary schools have now joined the international Eco-schools programme.
The distribution of the distinctive Adopt-A-Bottles has been backed up by workshops in ten Island schools this (financial) year. Over 1500 pupils have enjoyed the fun workshops, which focus on the water cycle. Eco-Audits have also been carried out with the help of pupils from the school council or Eco-Schools committee. Since April 2011 we have visited Barton Primary, St Mary's Primary, St Thomas of Canterbury, Wootton Primary, Lane End Primary (Cowes), St Francis Primary (Ventnor), Newchurch Primary, St Helens Primary, Shanklin Primary and Summerfields Primary. He have also booked Brading Primary for January and St Saviours for February. Which will make a total of 12 for this year. We are ahead of target for schools visited and bottles distributed.
Following our visit to a school a report is then written by staff from The Footprint Trust and given to the school for the pupils and staff to act upon the points made.The comments from pupils and staff are included in the report - which seeks to be positive on the school's achievements, whilst giving guidance on how to improve their environmental performance. The feedback has been very positive and the Trust has received bookings from other schools following recommendations'.
The Adopt-A-Bottle website does need to be updated saying we are booking schools for April to September 2012.