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Woodville pupils launch Nepal school fund-raiser with balloon release to celebrate 100 years

Woodville pupils launch Nepal school fund-raiser with balloon release to celebrate 100 years

A South Derbyshire school has kick-started its campaign to raise £10,000 to build a school in Nepal with a balloon release to celebrate 100 years of its current building. Pupils and staff at Woodville Schools Federation, which includes Woodville Infants and Junior School, in High Street, released more than 300 balloons into the air while singing Happy Birthday to mark 100 years since the school moved into its current building.

On Friday, pupils and staff launched the red and blue balloons, which had been purchased by parents for £2 each – money of which will kickstart a fund-raising campaign to build a Woodville school in Nepal. Just before the balloon release, grandparents, older relatives and local residents were invited into school for afternoon tea, which the older children hosted and were able to chat to their guests, keen to hear stories of Woodville's past.

The school is also sharing its school photograph archives. Both the afternoon tea and balloon release has raised a total of £866.17.

Over the coming months, the children will be exploring the heritage, history and geography of Woodville. Learning more about their community and environment - the people, places and stories, its unique characteristics, and the changes and challenges of the last 100 years.

The school plans to celebrate this learning and its importance with an exhibition in the local community for everyone to enjoy.

To continue on their fund-raising mission children will be also invited to take part in the Woodville 100 Challenge which will encourage pupils to lead the fund-raising and are asking them to generate their own sponsorship based on a challenge around the number '100'.

Perhaps they could cycle 100km, swim 100 lengths, plant 100 flowers or read 100 days in a row. One-hundred weekdays later, on Friday, June 30, the school will host a final whole school fund-raising celebration event and reveal the grand totalizer for all the 'Woodville 100 Challenges'.

Woodville pupils launch Nepal school fund-raiser with balloon release to celebrate 100 years

Jayne Smart, head teacher, said: "These are incredibly exciting projects; and by combining the passion we have for our community and the values we hold dearest, we believe our fabulous children, generous families and dedicated staff will create something truly special and a lasting legacy to be proud of."

The school is hoping to spread the word about what it is trying to achieve by working with other community groups and local businesses. Anyone can follow the school on its Twitter and Facebook accounts @WoodvilleFederation and share their memories of Woodville, plus fund-raising moments, photos and amounts with the #Woodville100.

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