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SCHOOLS from across Buck­ing­hamshire took the lime­light to show­case na­tional and lo­cal causes close to their hearts.

Hosted at Ayles­bury’s Wa­ter­side The­atre, the GoGivers Make a Dif­fer­ence Chal­lenge in­volved about 300 pupils from 20 schools.

Each had cho­sen a cause and de­vel­oped an aware­ness-rais­ing, fundrais­ing or direct ac­tion cam­paign around it, then pre­sented it to fel­low pupils and teach­ers.

They each pro­duced a pre­sen­ta­tion scrap­book for judg­ing, and the three win­ners were Great Mis­senden Com­bined School, who did a project on road safety in the vil­lage, Bear­brook Com­bined School, in Ayles­bury, who de­vel­oped an anti-lit­ter cam­paign, and Wil­liam Hard­ing Com­bined School, in Ayles­bury, whose pre­sen­ta­tion fo­cused on older peo­ple.

Great Mis­senden School pupils be­came news re­porters to in­ves­ti­gate road safety is­sues in the vil­lage.

BBC News Pre­sen­ter Gavin Esler agreed to in­tro­duce their video pre­sen­ta­tion.

The chal­lenge, led by Buck­ing­hamshire County Coun­cil Chil­dren’s Pro­grammes Team in part­ner­ship with the Cit­i­zen­ship Foun­da­tion, was wo­ven into each school’s Cit­i­zen­ship cur­ricu­lum.

The coun­cil’s deputy cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion and skills Noel Brown, who pre­sented pupils with par­tic­i­pa­tion cer­tifi­cates, said the range of causes cho­sen by pupils demon­strated how care­fully they had thought about is­sues not only lo­cally, but na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.

He added: “I was so im­pressed with the chal­leng­ing causes they had cho­sen, and how well they tack­led some very dif­fi­cult top­ics, and this showed a real depth of un­der­stand­ing.”

Other schools tak­ing part in­cluded:

Thomas Hard­ing Ju­nior School; Year four Wa­ter Wastage

Iver Heath Ju­nior School; Year three Distal Hered­i­tary Mo­tor Neu­ropa­thy Type 6

Hawridge and Choles­bury Cofe School; Year five En­dan­gered An­i­mals

Mill­brook Com­bined School, High Wy­combe; Year five Poverty in High Wy­combe and Re­cy­cling

Stoke Man­dev­ille Com­bined School; School Coun­cil - Tig­gy­win­kles, car­ing for sick, in­jured and or­phaned Bri­tish wildlife

Brook­mead School; Year four Home­less­ness, Year four and five An­i­mal Cru­elty and Pro­tec­tion, Year five Safe Park­ing in the Vil­lage

Rad­nage Cofe Pri­mary School; Year three and four Child Be­reave­ment

Ash Hill Pri­mary School; Year five WWF (World Wide Fund for Na­ture)

Lit­tle King­shill Com­bined School ; Year three Road Safety in the Lo­cal Area

Hyde Heath In­fant School; Year two Bridg­ing the Gap

Chal­font St Pe­ter Cofe Academy; Year five Ac­tion 4 Archie, Brains Trust, Shel­ter Box

Loud­wa­ter Com­bined School; Year four Pre­vent­ing Cancer: Small changes make a big dif­fer­ence

Wen­dover Cofe Ju­nior School; Year three Help­ing Lo­cal Peo­ple who have De­men­tia

Our Lady’s Catholic Pri­mary School; Year five Help Im­prove the For­est Op­po­site our School

Cel­e­brat­ing suc­cess: Young­sters from Great Mis­senden School and, be­low, from Wil­liam Hard­ing School

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