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Birchwood High School students nail challenge to set up a charity to campaign for a social cause



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Students at Birchwood High School put their philanthropic skills to the test with a challenge to set up a community charity.

Year 10 pupils were taking part in the Local to Global Project with Dr Rob Powers, from Powerful Histories, and the Parsonage Lane secondary's enterprise advisors, Clarion Futures, the charitable foundation of housing group Clarion, who devised and sponsored the event.

Their brief was to set up a charity to campaign for a social cause. Students worked in small teams to research local statistics and information which they used to decide on a charity idea for their community.

Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Dave Anderson with Birchwood High School students (57932614)
Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Dave Anderson with Birchwood High School students (57932614)

Once the teams had formulated their plans, they each took on a job role as project manager, social media guru, public relations executive or event organiser.

The mayor of Bishop’s Stortford, Cllr Dave Anderson, offered encouragement and advice.

The students were guided by industry professionals to come up with a two-minute pitch for their charity, a social media advertisement campaign and plan for a launch event.

Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Dave Anderson with Birchwood High School students (57932625)
Bishop's Stortford mayor Cllr Dave Anderson with Birchwood High School students (57932625)

The students came up with projects to address mental health, drugs and the cost of school uniforms.

A Birchwood spokeswoman said: “In the afternoon we all gathered in the school hall to hear the teams pitch their charity ideas. There were plenty of nerves at the prospect of speaking in front of an audience but the students rose to the challenge and did a brilliant job.

“Competition was fierce, but at the end of the day the prize of a £25 Amazon voucher for each team member was awarded to the ‘Community Ballers’ for their excellent team pitch. The winning team, along with the runners-up, now have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Clarion Futures in London.”



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