Three Young Leaders at Canon Slade have already smashed their book collection targets, with the help of staff and pupils at the school. The following is a short summary of their work so far…
We set out to organise the collection of 1,000 books to send to Tanzania and £500 to support students and teachers there. Our role has been to raise awareness for this cause and to gain support, because we need as many people as possible to help us to reach these quotas. We are pleased say that we have well exceeded the target for the number of books that we needed to collect, with the continual aid of Mrs. Cairns in the library, and with large donations from St. James’ another secondary school, the science department here at school and Canon Slade pupils. More than 2,600 books in total have been collected, thanks to their help.
Mrs. Cairns, particularly, has taken on a great deal of responsibility in organising the sorting and collecting of books and also of raising awareness for the charity. With her help, we have managed to present information to a number of different year groups in their weekly assemblies.
Many of the books collected are thanks to her contact with various departments and other schools; she has also allowed collected books to be stored in the library where we have been able to box and count them.
We have only just started to take steps towards raising a total of £500, and the sale of our sixth form journal (with an article introducing READ International) is our first real step in trying to do so. We need the support of our school pupils again so that we can be just as successful in raising money as we have been in collecting books and they will no doubt hear from us again soon, perhaps trying to sell cup cakes in a cake sale. Their support would be much appreciated, but we are also trying to raise awareness so that we can all spare a thought for children whose learning is held back because they do not have the facilities that we – thousands of miles away – take for granted.
Alice Dawson, Zayn Giga, and Rosella Payne.