Students head for new African experience

Calder High school students will be sending 11 students and three staff members to work with some of the world’s poorest children this summer.

In July 2014, having teamed up with the charity East African Playgrounds, the Calder High contingent will travel to Africa, the seventh time the school has sent students to Uganda.

There they will have the opportunity to work with some of the country’s poorest children.

EAP is a charity which believes that alongside education, children need access to play activities to reach their full potential.

EAP builds 13 playgrounds each year and trains young Ugandan adults to become welders and builders.

This summer, Calder High School students will spend two weeks helping the EAP team to build one of the playgrounds for Ugandan children to enjoy for years to come.

To aid the fundraising efforts, and as part of an ongoing partnership with the school, neighbouring Mytholmroyd business Thomson Reuters hosted a charity car wash and bake-sale last Thursday.

Students from the school, along with trip leader, Emma Hartley, came along and washed cars for a £5 donation per car.

Miles Hutchinson, director of the Thomson Reuters’ Yorkshire site, said: “We are really proud of our long-standing partnership with Calder High School.

“A number of sixth-formers came to talk to us recently in a brilliantly-engaging way about their plans to visit Uganda and to help to build the school playground,” added Mr Hutchinson.

“It’s an absolute pleasure to be able to help them raise funds for this wonderful cause, and we wish them the very best of luck for the rest of their fund-raising and of course for the trip itself!”