Pupils fly flag for volunteering
Published 25 Jun 2012 14:30 0 Comments
PROUD VOLUNTEERS: From left, pupil Ross Gorry, teacher Patricia Denheen, Amanda Ptolomey and pupils Amy Shearer, Catherine Wilson and Rebecca Quigley. Pupil Stephanie Owens was unavailable for the picture. Picture: George Munro
BIG-HEARTED pupils at a Greenock secondary have become the first Inverclyde winners of a new volunteering award.
Notre Dame High pupils received the Saltire Award to recognise their hard work in fundraising for 'Wateraid', an international organisation which improves access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation in the world's poorest communities.
The Saltire Awards are supported by the Scottish Government, were launched in April to replace the Millennium Volunteer Scheme and are open to 12 to 25-year-olds involved in volunteering.
The awards are administered locally by Inverclyde Community Development Trust.
Their volunteering development worker, Amanda Ptolomey, said she hoped the Notre Dame pupils would lead the way for many others in Inverclyde to apply for the award.
Saltire Awards are designed to encourage and enable youth volunteering and tie in with the new Curriculum for Excellence.
Amanda said: "Participants develop their abilities through volunteering to become successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens and effective contributors."
Certificates were presented to Notre Dame's S3 geography pupils who organised a cake and candy stall for Wateraid and collected £127.
Anyone who would like more information about the Saltire Awards should contact Amanda on 787414.
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 25 Jun 12