ALMOST 30 youngsters at a school in Stakeford are now the proud owners of Blue Peter badges.
Some 27 pupils at Stakeford Primary School were given the badges after sending their stories, drawings and letters into the BBC1 children’s show.
Year 4 teacher Jill Preece encouraged the youngsters to take part after her sons Patrick, nine, and Robin, eight, received six Blue Peter badges for submitting their work last year.
She said: “My children did it on their own, and after seeing their interest in it, I thought we would give it a go with the pupils.
“They are very proud of their work, and some of them now have a number of Blue Peter badges.
“It just seems like a really good incentive to get the pupils writing, and they absolutely love it.
“Not only have they received a Blue Peter badge, but they’ve also been given a pass for free entry to over 200 leisure venues across the country.”
Pupil Nathan Blaney, nine, picked up a silver badge for his drawing of a Doctor Who monster and a blue one for a story about his dad getting stung by a bee.
He said: “It took a long time to get here but when I got it, I was screaming about the house.”
Ami Scott, also nine, was awarded the same badges for sending in a drawing and a story about horse-riding lessons.
She said: “I feel really proud and I am going to treasure them for ever.”