Roughlee youngsters form their own ‘Rotary Club’

Pupils at Roughlee Primary School are presented with their special RotaKids badges from Chairman of Govenors Geoffrey Cole (past President of Rotary Club Colne). G010311/2
Pupils at Roughlee Primary School are presented with their special RotaKids badges from Chairman of Govenors Geoffrey Cole (past President of Rotary Club Colne). G010311/2

RotaKids has officially been launched at Roughlee Primary School and the children are raring to go with an array of fund-raising ideas.

At an assembly this week, the 28-strong school were given a talk by members of Colne Rotary Club as they prepare to embark on their own Rotary inspired club.

The children have decided to raise money for the Wheelchair Foundation after researching different charities, helping to provide the less fortunate with wheelchairs at home and abroad.

The programme’s main objective is to introduce Rotary ideals to young people, as well as addressing citizenship, a major theme in schools.

Headteacher Mrs Carolyn Potts said: “RotaKids is a very new movement with the idea children can make a difference to the community. We already do a lot for the community and by doing this within the school it is also part of an extension of our curriculum.

“Long term we are looking at bigger things but right now we are at the initial stages and will be looking at different fund-raising plans and undertaking initiatives to support the Wheelchair Foundation.”

Colne Rotary member Mr Geoffrey Cole, who also sits on the school’s board of governors, said: “We have vowed to help them but it is all in the children’s hands.”