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Essex school children give back

Essex schoolchildren learn the value of giving something back

Pupils from schools across Essex have been helping in their community this week. Schoolchildren from Batchwood School in St Albans, Greensted Junior School in Basildon, Essex Children’s Support Service, William De Ferrers School in South Woodham Ferrers who are working with Challenger Troop CIC, have been given the opportunity to volunteer with registered charity Lambourne End Centre for Outdoor Learning in Romford.

From Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th May the children, ranging from ages 9 to 15, have been actively working with centre staff and volunteers. They helped to clear overgrown areas around the car park and supported the initial groundworks necessary for the installation of a new trim-trail.

Weeding at Lambourne

Tony, from Lambourne End, said “This work is extremely beneficial for us, as the Challenger Troopers do the jobs which make a big difference, but which we never get a chance to do. The site looks so tidy now and they have been really enthusiastic about it.”

Leo, aged 10 from Greensted Primary School, said, “It’s about giving back to our community,” and Daniel, aged 11 also from Greensted Primary school, added, “I’m enjoying it because its really hard work and you want to give up but you don’t, it shows resilience and courage”.

Feeding the pigs

Challenger Troop Team Leader Sgt Carroll said, “Everybody enjoyed being given the chance to give something back. As an organization, we believe in the value of volunteering and conservation work. We actively encourage all of our participants to get involved and I am delighted that this week has proven to be such a success and created some long-lasting positive memories”.

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Posted: 24, May, 2016
by Challenger Troop

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