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Helping Hands

Emma and Her Letter A group of the children

One child’s passion to improve the lives of other children in the world turned into a whole school money raising enterprise. 

The whole school community at Hethersett Infant and Nursery school took part in a fund raising event organised and run solely by the children. 

Toys, cakes, homemade wrapping paper and works of art were all sold in each class. 

The idea came from year 2 pupil, Emma Daniels, who saw a film over Christmas where animals were deprived of access to clean water. This prompted her to research these issues further. She felt moved to write a request letter to school to see if staff and pupils could raise money to help. She had set up her own small enterprise selling recycled cards to start off raising money to help. 

Head teacher Nicola Cushion was quick to act: “As a school we are keen to promote pupil voice, so we took Emma’s request to class and school councils who agreed to organise an event throughout the whole school.  Each class decided what they wanted to sell and with the help of staff and parents the extravaganza took place. 

“Every child from Nursery to Year 2 did their bit ranging from selling, buying and promoting. In Year 1 it has driven the curriculum for the last three weeks. Filming adverts, organising toys and learning how to use money were all important skills to get the sale launched,  

“As a staff team we have been delighted by the children’s enthusiasm to participate and all money raised will go to Water Aid: the charity that Emma researched that helps to provide clean water and better sanitation in parts of the world,” the Head said.