Dress-up day for street children
MINI police officers, astronauts, ballerinas, vets and nurses joined classes at the Federation of Bollington St John’s CE School and Pott Shrigley Church School as part of a charity dress-up day.
Children from the two primary schools dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up to raise money for Cheshirebased charity Railway Children which helps vulnerable children who live alone and in danger on the streets in India, East Africa and the UK.
Special assemblies about the charity were held at both schools and the children learned about life for school children in East Africa and for children who live on the streets. Prizes were awarded for the best costumes and pupils have been invited to enter a creative writing competition on the theme of ‘when I grow up’.
Charlotte Simpson, from Railway Children, said: “Whereas pupils at the Federation can dream about what they’ll do when they grow up and are receiving the education they need, many children live in such violent and dangerous situations that their aspirations are little more than to find somewhere safe to sleep and to survive.
“But when Railway Children’s outreach workers manage to bring these children to safety and give them the support they desperately need they find that these children do have dreams and passions and talents they want to make use of.”
●● Youngsters join classes at the Federation of Bollington St John’s CE School and Pott Shrigley Church School as part of a charity dress-up day
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