11 May 2018Pinewood School

Young entrepreneurs raise money for local church

Pinewood children recently embarked on a ‘Grow Your Tenner’ project which raised a collective £5,800 for the local church in Bourton, helping it to complete some much needed renovations and repairs.

Pinewood children washing cars for charity

Pupils at Pinewood School learned how to 'grow money' - and raised nearly £6,000 towards repairs  and renovations to a local church.

Each child from Year 5 to Year 8 was given £10 from the church in Bourton - and then had just over one month to use it to generate more funds.

There were no boundaries to the project and children were encouraged to let their imaginations run wild.  At the end of the month all children had to return the £10, along with any additional income they had made, and church officials were delighted with the success of the pupils' hard work.

The students' enterprising ideas included giving musical concerts, arranging local film nights, washing cars, sewing lavender bags and creating dog treats. Many children designed their own ads which were put in the weekly school newsletter and sold their goods at a school fair.

Rachel Wright, one of the teachers involved in coordinating ‘Grow Your Tenner’, said:“This project was a fantastic way of bringing learning to life in a way that was meaningful and relevant to our children.

"Issues such as social responsibility and raising awareness of the needs of local communities are covered in both TPE (Theology, Philosophy & Ethics) and Life Skills lessons and developing a sound understanding of these issues now will certainly stand the children in good stead later in life.  We also loved the entrepreneurial spirit that this project instilled in our children.”