The Maplesden Noakes school is bidding to receive financial support from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, alongside other groups.
Charlie’s Garden is one of the groups on the shortlist and will be in local stores from 1st March to 29th April 2017.
The School Council is raising money for a quiet, sheltered space where students can sit and enjoy the outdoors whilst remembering two Year 8 students that died in 2016.
Currently the school has very little outside facilities where students can sit and eat lunch, socialise or have quiet time. The few picnic tables it has are not sheltered so cannot be used in the sun or when it is raining. The students would also like a garden area which they can plant and look after and where they could turn a very miserable part of the school into something they could enjoy.
In July and October 2016, two Year 8 students died suddenly and in very upsetting circumstances. The students feel very strongly that they want something in school to remember them and which has special significance. Charlie Girling in particular loved the outdoors and the students feel Charlie would have liked a garden and to know that something full of life is there in his memory.
Student Chair of the School Council Alphey Anderson, Year 11 says
“The pain the school has felt will never go away but we want something that friends, class mates and others can use as a happy memory because that’s how we remember them.”
Voting is open in stores throughout March and April. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop.
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Tesco Bags of Help – We Need Your Help