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Penryn College students raise money for literacy boxes for African schools

Copyright 'this is Cornwall', Thursday, 23 June 2013

YOUNGSTERS from Penryn College have helped provide literacy boxes to send to African schools.

The school's Interact Club for junior Rotary members raised the money for the boxes through an Apprentice-style competition.

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In December they were visited by former contestant Naomi Lay, who set the challenge to encourage their entrepreneurial skills.

The group were split into teams and given £20 each to make as much money as they could for the Literacy in a Box Trust.

The students, aged 13 to 16, set themselves a target to buy three boxes, at a cost of £275 per box.

They had to present their ideas to Interact co-ordinator Debbie Lilly before starting and these included cake sales, sponsored cycle rides, raffle and sponsored silences.

Jim Henderson, Penryn Rotary Club president, approached Rotary International about further grant funding and this means the school's three boxes now represent ten boxes.

He said: "The achievement is something that we in Penryn are extremely proud of."

The charity visited the school when the students and members of the Junior School Rotakids were able to help pack a number of boxes themselves.

"The club members thoroughly enjoyed it and they all wrote personal notes which were put inside the boxes."

To watch a video from the packing event visit www.westbriton.co.uk/literacy