Poppy col­lec­tion tops £2k

De­light at amount raised

The Galloway News - - SCHOOL NEWS -

Dalry Sec­ondary School have smashed their Poppy Pledge tar­get.

Pupils had aimed to raise £1,918 for Poppy Scot­land but a se­ries of events raised a su­perb £2,295.30 – a fan­tas­tic sum for a small school and com­mu­nity.

The school would like to thank every­one who gave their sup­port over the past eight months. It has been a ma­jor com­mit­ment and would not have been achieved with­out the drive and en­thu­si­asm of his­tory teacher Mrs War­ren, who mo­ti­vated every­one in do­ing their bit.

Events in­cluded a tray bake sale, a 1918 fancy dress day, bil­let night, guess the sweet­ies in the jar, guess the bear name and a cof­fee morn­ing that fea­tured Lorna’s very lovely, fa­mous cake raf­fle.

The events cul­mi­nated in a night of drama and song with a per­for­mance of “Archie Dobson’s War” and a sin­ga­long led by the Lyric Com­mu­nity Singers.

The evening was a great suc­cess and was both ed­u­ca­tional and fun. Well done to all of the staff and pupils in­volved in the per­for­mances and to par­ents and friends who at­tended in such great num­bers, es­pe­cially as the weather was so in­clement.

Spe­cial thanks to Alaena War­ren, Sue St Joseph and the Lyric Com­mu­nity singers and also to He­len Fox and the Fox and Hound The­atre Com­pany for their huge in­vest­ment of time and en­ergy.

Through­out the fundrais­ing cam­paign, the school has been sup­ported by var­i­ous busi­nesses who have gen­er­ously do­nated raf­fle prizes or kindly agreed to take in do­na­tion tins.

The monies raised con­trib­uted greatly to the over­all tar­get; for in­stance, Wright’s shop in Dalry man­aged to fill four tins and raise £370.

Spe­cial thanks also to the Gal­loway Ac­tiv­ity Cen­tre for do­nat­ing such a won­der­ful prize – a week­end at one of their eco both­ies. This raised £354.

Poppy Scot­land has sent its thanks per­son­ally to every­one and will send a cer­tifi­cate of achieve­ment in the new year.

Next year, Dalry Sec­ondary School will have their name erected with the rest of the Poppy Pledgers in the newly re­fur­bished Lady Haig Poppy fac­tory in Ed­in­burgh.

Most im­por­tantly, the pupils have ac­tively con­trib­uted to help­ing exser­vice­men around Scot­land with shel­ter, PTSD and other is­sues. They have taken pride in this and worked to­gether to achieve a com­mon goal.

Some pupils have chal­lenged them­selves and achieved more than they thought pos­si­ble and oth­ers have shown real lead­er­ship and com­mit­ment. A spe­cial thanks to the fourth year girls, Flor­rie New­bery, Caitlin Black­ett and Laura Ed­ing­ton.

The school would also like to thank the fol­low­ing busi­nesses for their sup­port: Lag­gan Out­door, Cream of Gal­loway, Sta­tion House Cook­ery School Kirkcud­bright de­mon­stra­tion, Pure Beauty, Mul­berry Kirkcud­bright, Cas­tle Ma­cLel­lan Foods, Tesco Kirkcud­bright and Cas­tle Dou­glas, Home Hard­ware, Enigma, This­tle­down, Hen­der­sons, Gri­er­sons Butch­ers, Wilkos, Co-op, The Ma­sonic Kirkcud­bright, Mandy Cur­tis. The school would also like to thank busi­nesses who have kindly taken do­na­tion tins: Mitchells in Kirkcud­bright, Wright’s in Dalry, Clachan Inn, Dalry, CatS­trand New Gal­loway, New Gal­loway shop, Bal­maclel­lan shop, Car­sphairn shop, Wilko’s in Cas­tle Dou­glas, Cross­michael shop. Also to thank the Tides Inn, Kirkcud­bright for their sup­port.

Here’s the to­tal Pupils show how much the school raised

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