Lady Bay Primary School staff and pupils have smashed a ‘Tokyo’ Challenge for the local charity Footprints.
They travelled 7885 miles and raised an incredible £3650.
‘Footprints’ helps children with mobility and communication problems develop the skills they need to thrive and achieve their potential.
The children at Lady Bay were determined to support a charity that has offered support to their friends over the years. Some children set personal targets during the challenge and walked and cycled over 100 miles.
The pupils at the school have also participated in an end of term Guatemala Day to raise funds for ‘The School for Hope’ in Jocotenango, Guatemala.
The school was founded by the local charity – Education For The Children. The day involved children being led in Spanish singing sessions by Rikki Thomas-Martínez from the local band Mas Y Mas, and taking part in a Marimba ensemble extravaganza led by students from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire!
The children had the opportunity to hear about what life is like in Jocotenango, Guatemala from Kate Hendry and Boo Summers who work for Education For The Children.
An exciting range craft activities were also offered and some of the younger children received Guatemalan blind bags containing a gift from Guatemala. Jocotenango, is an area where extreme poverty, gang crime, domestic violence and alcoholism are everyday realities.
Food, healthcare, counselling and career guidance at the school to remove obstacles to education.. The ‘School for Hope’ was chosen because it aligns with Lady Bay’s Global Citizenship curriculum.
Tracey Keane, Deputy Head at Lady Bay Primary Day said:
‘Our students were so excited to take part in Guatemala Day and enjoyed a wonderful sea of colour, music and art.
‘It was a fitting celebration of togetherness and community collaboration at the end of a term where everyone has pulled together to continue learning’.
Boo Somers, Foundation Manager at Education For The Children said:
‘We were delighted to be a part of Guatemala Day and see all of the students and staff enjoying all of the different workshops.
‘Raising over £1000 is just wonderful and will provide educational resources and nutritious food for our families who are struggling with the effects of the pandemic on their livelihoods and children’s education’.