Enterprising students from Lasswade High School have been doing their bit for charity by being involved in a Youth and Philanthropy Initiative.
As part of the active citizenship programme, teams from S2 had to consider the needs of their local community and identify a grassroots social service charity they believed could make a positive contribution.
Having been guided on how to analyse the charity’s management and strategy, the pupils were encouraged to build relationships with the charity and then exercise their skills in advocacy and public speaking to make a case as to why their proposed charity should be awarded £3000.
The seven finalists were: SIMBA - Georgia Boyd, Devon Boyle, Elle Wright, Emily Wight; Stafford Centre - Hazel George, Kate Fergusson, Caitlin Alexander, Cara McGaff; The Royal Blind - Grace Murdock, Sophie Woolard, Georgia Stephen, Sarah McGee; Mid East Lothian Drugs (MELD) - Calum Glen, Calum McKean, Robbie Neave, Lawrie Wilson; Women’s AID - Chloe Lauder, Lucy Sayers, Jack Kirkwood, Samuel Davis; Brightsparks - Nicole Kennedy, Amy Scougall, Lauren Quinn, Emily Forrest, Louise Hamilton; and the PHAB Club - Amy Hope, Jade Knowles.
After deliberation from the judges the £3000 cheque was awarded to Jade Knowles and Amy Hope for their charity, the PHAB Club.
Geography teacher Julia Maltby said: “The girls went the extra mile and created an extremely engaging and emotive presentation for a very worthy charity. To captivate the audience the girls created a game of ‘Deal or No Deal’ where the audience answered questions to win resources for the PHAB club.
“In addition, they created their own video from interviews with members of the PHAB club as well as reciting a poem they had penned which detailed the incredible efforts of the charity and the impact it has on people from the local community.”