Rotary cash buys trike for Rutherglen High School
Club’s donation of £500 is put to wheely good use
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