July 29, 2015

Charter School Community Project – July update

The Charter School Community Project has been in it's starting stages for a few months now while I have been looking at ways to fundraise and liaising with the school as to what step to take next. The project is long term and the more I look into it the bigger it seems - all the better for me as I love a challenge.

With regards to fundraising, we are currently at £749 of our target of £3000, which is to go towards training two members of school staff up to level 3 Forest School practitioners, so that they can run the Forest School, and to buy wet weather gear for one year of children. The money so far has been raised from two cake sales, some kindly donated FA Cup Final tickets and a sponsored silence, which was undertaken by myself and went down a little too well in my office!

Every year I put on a charity fun day in my local pub, The Old Clarence, in Earlsdon and this year I’ll be donating some of the money raised on the day to this project. This year’s event will be taking place on Saturday 29th August and will be from 12noon until 9pm. We have some fantastic local acoustic acts on all day followed by a DJ from 7-9pm playing Ska and 2Tone music, there will be a table top sale, cakes, tarot readings, wacky races, a balloon release, raffle and auction and we hope to raise lots of money for Charter Forest School and Myton Hospice.

Myton Hospice is a charity very close to my heart as they looked after my Dad for 5 weeks and gave him back so much dignity and treated him with such care and respect in his final days. I have nothing but good words to say about the organisation, they really are amazing people and I promised him that I would continue to raise money for them on his behalf to say thank you.

The Charter Primary Forest School Project is something we, the PAIS, Philosophy and Sociology admin team, have been working on since November and I have been attending all of the Canley Stakeholders Group meetings so know that the school and people in the community are very excited by this venture. Forest School will give the kids opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment and part of the project will see some of us going along to help out with clearing the area they will be using for the Forest School, planting, designing routes, building a fire circle and mud kitchen and helping to create an amazing outdoor learning environment.

As a department we, in PAIS, always try to do something for a good cause and this project will be something that will last and make a real impact in the local community. I am very proud to be leading this project and am excited to imagine how it will turn out when it is all finished.

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