Comic strip comp has £50k up for grabs

Previous winners - King's Park Secondary School
Previous winners - King's Park Secondary School

Budding young artists across Glasgow are being challenged to design a comic strip in a bid to win an energy makeover for their school worth up to £50,000 from Scottish Gas.

As part of the Generation Green Smarter Power competition, school children aged 7-11 are being asked to draw a cartoon showing Scottish Gas mascot, Wilbur, demonstrating how to save energy with smart meters.

The winning comic strip will be chosen by three judges, including Nigel Parkinson, artist at the world famous comic, The Beano.

Glasgow already boasts four Generation Green winning schools, which have been awarded energy-saving technology worth up to £360,000 in total. The schools are Ibrox Primary and Nursery School, St Albert’s Primary School, Holyrood Secondary School, and King’s Park Secondary School. As part of their prizes, the schools have received new gas boilers, solar panels, pipework insulation, and LED lighting.

Pupils now have the opportunity to continue the city’s winning streak and see their school transformed, too.

In their comic strip, schoolchildren will be asked to show how using smart meters could save energy in the home. Scottish Gas is leading the smart meter roll-out, and the Government wants every household to be offered smart meters by 2020.

The competition aims to get children thinking creatively about how they use and save energy so they better understand the benefits of smart meters.

The competition is now open and entries will be accepted from now until January.

Schools can register for the competition via www.generationgreen.co.uk

Nigel Parkinson said: “I can’t wait to see the kids’ entries – they always have great ideas!”