At the front are Ella Brown, left, and Evelyn St John. Behind them are George Archer, India Munt, Jimmy Archer and Olivia St John. Picture by Peter Boam.
PUPIL power hopes to shame messy Cowes dog owners into cleaning up their acts.
Four Lanesend Primary School pupils have written letters, which they sent to the County Press, and their school has distributed them to win the hearts and minds of the Isle of Wight Council and pet owners.
The pupils want permission from the council to put up posters and for the authority to install CCTV to clamp down on irresponsible owners.
Cadence Worrall, eight, warned of the health dangers, saying: "Please can you help? I care about my local area — I want people to be proud of Cowes."
Eight-year-old Ella Brown said: "This is upsetting because not only is it horrible, smelly and can ruin your shoes, it can make you blind, if it gets in your eyes. Also, it can make people bash their heads."
Jacob Sherwin, also eight, said: "One day, two of my friends counted 20 piles of dog mess. Twenty piles! So we are counting on you."
Evelyn St John, seven, said: "It makes me feel disgusted and sometimes after school, I’m nearly sick because of the smell.
"Can you put cameras up so we can see who is leaving it and who picks it up."
Evelyn appealed for permission for pupils to put up posters around the town.
Her mum, Sam, said: "It is not only the path beside the school which the children use all the time that is horrible but all the pavements in the area. They are filthy.
"We can only hope young girl and boy power will win the day."