The head of Risedale Sports and Community College has praised pupils after the school raised an impressive £3,555.52 for charity since the start of the academic year.
Students and staff have been raising money in a bid to help the local community and those less fortunate than themselves with regular charity events, such as supermarket bag packs, cake sales, the delivery of Christmas goodies and non-uniform days.
The good causes Risedale has supported include Macmillan Cancer Support, Jeans for Genes, Children in Need, Save the Children, World Book Day, Comic Relief and a local charity – St John’s Community Centre in Shute Road, Catterick Garrison.
The Student Council has worked in partnership with assistant principal Samantha Wood coordinating activities and events for the whole school to take part in.
Samantha said: “Thinking of the needs of others and the practical steps we can take to help them is a really important part of the Risedale culture.
“Our students learn to value what they have and appreciate that diversity makes our lives richer.
“This week the school is flying the rainbow flag raising awareness of the LGBTQ community reminding us all of the importance of fair treatment and equal opportunities for all, no matter your sexual orientation, age, culture or social background.”
“We’re already planning our next event, collecting new toothbrushes to support the work of Mercy Ships in countries where medical facilities are not readily available. If you feel this is something you can support us with we would welcome your toothbrush donations”.
Risedale’s principal Colin Scott said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. Our students have surpassed themselves – I’m so proud of their efforts.
“Risedale’s outstanding contributions to local and national charities are a testament to the students’ hard work and commitment to others.”