3:32pm Friday 20th July 2012
PUPILS from an Evesham middle school have celebrated achieving a national youth challenge award.
Almost 30 year 8 pupils from St Egwin’s School in Evesham were awarded the youth challenge award from educational charity ASDAN. The charity promotes skills for learning, employment and life among youngsters.
The pupils have volunteered with local charities and taken part in a first aid scheme.
Amanda Capewell, award co-ordinator, said: “We have developed firm relationships with local organisations such as Caring Hands for local homeless people, The Regal Cinema, The Sue Ryder shop and The Cat’s Protection Trust in Wickhamford to name a few.
“These organisations regularly take pupils on placement and allow us the opportunity to offer some great experiential learning.
“The award is a fabulous way to promote community cohesion and responsible citizenship.”
Mrs Capewell said the award helped pupil attainment as well as building motivation, self-esteem and aspiration.
It also helps middle school pupils prepare for High School and the world of work.
As part of the award, the children fundraised, including by performing at an X-factor style event.
They also completed the St John’s Ambulance Young First Aider in a day course.
Mrs Capewell added: “I am delighted that as a result of their youth challenge experience several pupils are continuing with volunteering locally and many hope to undertake similar schemes at high school.”
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