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NEA: Schools to get warm, cosy and comfortable

Call for key stage 1 & 2 children across England to get creative.

National Energy Action (NEA) today launched a competition that aims to get school pupils thinking about what makes a warm, cosy and comfortable place to live.

NEA, the national charity that campaigns against fuel poverty, wants Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils to enter its Warm, Cosy and Comfortable Competition.
The competition challenges young people across England to come up with drawings, poems and digital photographs around the theme of being warm, cosy and comfortable. Their work will then be featured in a 2010 calendar that will be sold across the country.

Each of the 12 featured schools will win a cash prize and each winning pupil will also receive a prize.

NEA chief executive Jenny Saunders said: "The aim of this competition is to inspire young people to become more energy efficient and to provide them with increased knowledge on how they can do so and why it is so important.

We want them to share this knowledge with their parents or carers so it can be put it into practice. I'm really looking forward to seeing the illustrations, poems and photographs that the children submit."

The competition is being supported by Ebico Ltd, a not-for-profit social enterprise aiming to offer a better, fairer deal for domestic energy to British households, and help alleviate fuel poverty and the problems surrounding it.

Ebico managing director Phil Levermore said: "We're delighted to be sponsoring NEA's Warm, Cosy and Comfortable competition.

"Energy efficiency is vital both for keeping homes affordably warm and in tackling climate change, so it's great that this competition gives children the opportunity to learn more about energy efficiency in their homes and local community"

Hundreds of schools will receive an entry pack that will include a teacher's guide full of topics and lesson ideas around energy efficiency and the environment.

To find out more and to download educational materials go to www.nea.org.uk/cosy. The deadline for entries is September 25, 2009.

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