Tiverton youngsters win award for outstanding community work

Posted on: 30 March 2016

Inspirational youngsters at Tiverton High School have won a national award in recognition of their positive community work.

The school’s Interact Club was chosen for this year’s award from the business leaders’ group, Rotary International.

The students were nominated for the Young Citizen Group Award by Tiverton Rotary Club in recognition of their phenomenal fundraising activities for causes at home and abroad.

The Interact Club is sponsored by Tiverton Rotary Club and has 50 members aged between 12 and16.

They came up with some unusual fund-raising ideas including holding shows like “I’m a Teacher Get Me Out of Here” and “Teachers got Talent” to raise money to support charities such as ShelterBox and CHAT, a local homeless charity.

The Interact Club was recognised by Ofsted in its July report on the school. Inspectors commented: “Those involved in the Rotary Interact programme are all excellent role models. They make a significant contribution to the school and also to local and wider communities.”

Five members of the Interact Club will receive their awards at the 91st Rotary conference on Saturday in Bournemouth. Interviews with all the award-winning youngsters will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel.

Club members are donating their £500 prize to the Children’s Hospice South West.

Tiverton head, Andrew Lovett, said: “It’s fantastic that the work of our young people has been recognised by this award.

“For the students who are directly involved, it has given them opportunities to develop their skills of co-operation and leadership and it has also made a real difference to the rest of the school by highlighting issues to all our students which require their compassion and empathy.

“I can’t think of a way we’d have got teachers holding a tarantula or a boa constrictor without the excuse of charity events!”

Eve Conway, Vice President for Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, said: “The achievements of these young people are outstanding and serve as an inspiration to us all.

“We’re delighted to see so many young people at the school getting involved in humanitarian work and really harnessing the Rotary values.”

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