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St Mary's Catholic First School, Dorchester, UK

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Plant sale
Money raised: 
Indian Elephant Corridors, Bornean Orang-utan Appeal and the Atlantic Rainforest, Brazil.

Year Four's Papier mȃché jewellery, glass painting, toy sale, plant sale and cream teas!

Mrs Wood explained how Year 4 had done a fantastic job at fundraising:

“The Year 4 children at St Mary’s Catholic First School Dorchester have thrown themselves into a project to save the rainforest! What a great way to learn the value of citizenship and indeed global citizenship.

As part of a cross curricular theme linking science, and learning all about animal habitats across the world, to literacy, art, numeracy and citizenship the children were inspired by World Land Trust and its many conservation projects. In particular the children’s interest was focused on saving elephant corridor. This project was very close to their hearts as we began Year 4 learning all about India – we had come full circle!

The children developed ideas for items that we could make and then sell to raise the money ranging from papier mȃché jewellery to glass painting. We decided to invite parents to a cream tea afternoon where they could purchase the items. The rest of the school were invited to a toy sale. The whole of year 4 had a job on the day from serving our home made scones to washing up and selling our goods!

The afternoon was bustling and we were rushed off our feet! The children were shocked and amazed, and justifiably proud, when we announced the total raised– a huge £351.05!

Because much more money was raised than expected, the students went away and researched World Land Trust conservation projects to consider how to divide the funds. (They had to use persuasive writing and language to present ideas to the rest of the class.) Eventually the children voted to spend £151.05 on the Indian Elephant Corridors project, £100 on the Orang-utan project in Borneo and £100 on the Rainforest project in Brazil.

In conclusion the children have not only left a legacy to the school, as they are all moving on to new middle schools, but have had the opportunity to experience raised self esteem, a sense of pride, satisfaction and community.

Well done Year 4 we are all VERY proud of you – Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Fry and everyone at St Mary’s Catholic First School.”

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