Pupils pull some moves for NSPCC

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Pupils hit the dance floor for a whole day in a bid to raise thou­sands of pounds for char­ity.

God­in­ton Pri­mary School in Lock­holt Close, God­in­ton Park, hosted the danceathon, with teach­ers and chil­dren rais­ing money for the NSPCC.

Deputy head teacher Jill Tal­bot said they raised a sum of £3,781, and said the pupils had to stop what they were do­ing and dance on the spot each time mu­sic was played over the loud­speaker sys­tem.

She said: “We have a loud­speaker sys­tem at the school so it seemed like the per­fect way to raise money and get ev­ery­one in­volved at the same time.

“We had 10 pieces of mu­sic which we played at ran­dom points through­out the day. It was lovely as we had the Re­cep­tion class chil­dren jig­ging as they were wash­ing their hands, and other classes danc­ing on the spot as they lined up for assem­bly.

“It’s the first time we have done any­thing like this and I’m sure we will sup­port the NSPCC again in a sim­i­lar way in the fu­ture, as it was such great fun.”

The money raised will be used on ser­vices pro­vided by the NSPCC such as the Speak Out Stay Safe scheme, which helps chil­dren learn about different forms of abuse and more im­por­tantly where to go to get help if they need it.

The char­ity uses child­friendly in­ter­ac­tive assem­blies in schools with its mas­cot Buddy, and is pre­sented to chil­dren from the ages of four to 11. It also pro­vides class­room work­shops to build on the safe­guard­ing mes­sages.

NSPCC Kent schools or­gan­iser Cathy Evans said: “We want to say a mas­sive thank you to the pupils for rais­ing so much money for the NSPCC.

“God­in­ton Pri­mary School’s fundrais­ing ef­forts will help us to con­tinue to de­liver our assem­blies to many more schools.”

The Speak Out Stay Safe scheme has reached 46,000 chil­dren across schools in Kent, for more in­for­ma­tion or to book a visit, go to nspcc.org.uk

Pupils Taylor, Jas­mine, Noah and El­iz­a­beth from God­in­ton Pri­mary School helped raise £3,500 for the NSPCC

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