Ro­tary cash buys trike for Ruther­glen High School

Club’s do­na­tion of £500 is put to wheely good use

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Edel Kneealy

Young peo­ple at Ruther­glen High School re­ceived a spe­cial de­liv­ery of an adapted trike last week.

Spe­cially de­signed for pupils with mo­bil­ity prob­lems, the Ther­a­play trike al­lows stu­dents to build mus­cle strength while cy­cling in­de­pen­dently.

The bike was pur­chased by the school fol­low­ing a £500 do­na­tion both the Ro­tary Club of Ruther­glen and the school’s par­ent coun­cil.

Andy Cat­tanach from the Ro­tary Club said: “Last Thurs­day was a busy day for the club start­ing with past pres­i­dents Don­ald Ma­cleod, Ed­die Gold­berg and my­self at­tend­ing Ruther­glen High School.

“We were wel­comed by Jan Al­lan, head teacher, and Karen Watts, prin­ci­pal teacher, at a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony at which Don­ald ac­cepted a thank-you card from pupils and staff.

“The adapted tri­cy­cle looks great and I’m sure it will be a very use­ful ad­di­tion to the school’s re­sources.”

The Ro­tary Club’s re­la­tion­ship with lo­cal schools was fur­ther strength­ened on Thurs­day when teach­ers from Burgh and Calder­wood pri­mary schools ex­pressed an in­ter­est in run­ning the Ro­takids ini­tia­tives at their schools.

Teach­ers Vicky McCool, of Burgh Pri­mary, and Lisa Quin, of Calder­wood Pri­mary, at­tended the club’s weekly meet­ing to hear Gayle Min­nis, head teacher of East­bank Pri­mary in Glas­gow, ex­plain how the scheme is work­ing in her school.

Gayle said the cit­i­zen­ship pro­gramme had brought great ben­e­fits to pupils. It chal­lenges pupils – or Ro­taKids – to come up with ideas for good deeds, such as rais­ing money for char­ity, im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, help­ing the el­derly or chil­dren in an­other coun­try.

This in turn helps chil­dren to make good friends, grow their con­fi­dence and self-es­teem. It means Ro­taKids de­velop the strength, knowl­edge, skills, en­thu­si­asm and de­ter­mi­na­tion to make their world a more peace­ful place where peo­ple can en­joy their lives.

Gayle’s talk, ac­com­pa­nied by lots of pho­tos of her pupils par­tic­i­pat­ing, was en­joyed by a large au­di­ence on Thurs­day evening. Teach­ers Vicky and Lisa took co­pi­ous notes with a view to es­tab­lish­ing Ro­takids in their schools.

Ther­a­play A stu­dent puts the trike to good use

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