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Making a Difference in the Community

Making A Difference In Our Local Community

In addition to making a difference to life in school, we also like to make a positive difference to our local community.
We do this in lots of different ways:

  • Litter picking around Whitley
  • Being part of Thames Valley Police Mini Police Programme
  • Visiting a local old people’s home to chat, play games and garden
  • Posting dog waste posters and poo bags on the fences outside school
  • Monitoring the quality of air in the roads outside the school
  • Collecting food for the local food bank
  • Fundraising for local and national charities
  • Taking part in community events and competitions run by Reading Borough Council and Reading University

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Young Citizens Make A Difference Class Challenge

All classes also take part in a Make A Difference Challenge each year linked to Young Citizens. This is a child-led social action programme that empowers our children as young citizens. It provides them with an opportunity to identify and research a social or environmental issue that they feel
passionate about, then make a difference through awareness-raising or taking practical action.

The programme helps children understand the real issues that communities face and what they can do to help be part of improvements or a to help find a solution.

Examples of previous challenges that the children have led:

  • Raising awareness of homelessness of young adults
  • Addressing the dog poo issues in the local community
  • Making hedgehog houses for hedgehogs in the school grounds

Find out more about the Make A Difference Challenge at the Young Citizens website.