FIVE hundred pupils from Baubigny Schools are aiming to raise thousands of pounds by taking part in a charity walk, which this year has a new sponsor.
The West Coast Challenge is an annual 11 mile walk from Pleinmont to Pembroke and aims to raise money to benefit the school. This year Rossborough has agreed to sponsor the walk to ensure that more money can be raised.
‘This year will be the fifth West Coast Challenge and although it is optional, it is something the youngsters enjoy doing and so we expect 500 pupils from St Sampson’s High and Le Murier to take part. We’re enormously grateful to Rossborough for agreeing to be the sponsor and to the other companies who are supporting us as it means all of the costs are covered,’ said St Sampson’s High teacher Liz Dale.
Money from this year’s walk will be used to expand the school’s Accelerated Reader programme which was launched last September using money raised by the 2013 West Coast Challenge.
‘Accelerated Reader is a recognised reading scheme which divides a library into zones, includes online quizzes for youngsters to complete once they have finished a book and then directs them to other suitable books,’ said Mrs Dale.
‘Our current Year 7s piloted the scheme and it has already made a huge difference to their reading ability which in turn leads to better exam results. We want to expand it but that comes at a cost, as not only is there an annual charge but we also need new books suitable for older children.’
Rossborough has covered the cost of t-shirts which all the pupils and teachers taking part will wear on the day as well as drawstring bags which will be used as goodie bags. Money has also been donated by the Channel Islands Co-operative Society, Waitrose Community Matters and Healthspan to purchase food for the bags and Sandpiper has given drinks and sweets.
‘The support from Rossborough, Co-op, Waitrose, Healthspan and Sandpiper is absolutely vital as now every penny raised by the youngsters can go to the Accelerated Reader scheme. The scheme is something we couldn’t afford to run unless we raised the money ourselves so to have their financial support will ultimately have huge benefits for the pupils.’
Rossborough managing director Ian Stewart said it had no hesitation in agreeing to sponsor the West Coast Challenge.
‘The youngsters should be congratulated for their efforts to raise money. We liked the fact that the money given by Rossborough was being used to encourage them to raise even more for a scheme that benefits a wide cross-section of students. We’re sure there will be an enormous sense of satisfaction when they reach Pembroke as they will have walked 11 miles, more than many will have walked before, and raised funds for a hugely invaluable scheme,’ he said.