Rotarians were amazed by the confidence shown by these youngsters and their ability to speak to a crowded room of adults. The money will go toward a Shelter Box, through the Rotary Club, who have also guaranteed to match the money raised by the pupils. ShelterBox is a charity that hand-delivers aid to families devastated by conflict or natural disaster, to give them safe shelter and the tools to rebuild communities.
The school has worked with the Rotary Club for the last five years, projects include workshops at Birmingham City University and entering year 6 pupils into the Junior Rotary Community award. To achieve the Rotary Award children take part in a range of activities in four areas - Community Service, Skills, Physical Education and Social Experience.
The Award programme aims at creating a healthy attitude towards physical recreation and developing personal skills and, by understanding the community, helping to lower the incidence of bullying, discrimination and racism.
Fred Shaw, a Governor of the school and also a Rotarian said, “Taking part in the programme has raised pupils’ awareness of the services they can access in their local and wider community, including those for leisure and educational purposes. They have developed a greater knowledge of what it means to be a citizen of Dudley and how they can help others within their community.