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Sefton gives Windmills a Room of Smiles

September 3rd, 2015 by Suzanne Sweeney

Just prior to the summer break the Windmills Foundation hosted its annual Smile Celebration event at Greenbank School in Southport. Thirty primary schools were represented from all the schools that took part in this year’s Smile Challenge and for the fifth year in a row the team were thrilled to get the opportunity to see and hear the amazing ideas that these ten and eleven year olds had implemented.

The Smile Challenge has become a regular event for us here at Windmills and the children we talked to at the celebration event were just as enthusiastic and excited by what they had done as we could have hoped for. Combining their skills and talents, to address a need in their local community and creating smiles from those they supported resulted in a variety of creative projects including….

  • Decorating planters to enhance the local village community and asking for comments to be tweeted back to the school to engage the local community with the school
  • Elderly residents invited to share their talents of watercolour painting, needlecraft etc enabling young people to have a go and develop their talents further
  • Developed links with a local DIY store to get a range of tiles and create a “Poppy” mosaic in the garden of a local residential home where residents can sit and enjoy the surroundings
  • Buddied up with a  local nursery school supporting the children there by reading with them and helping them with their literacy skills

As September starts these children are all now transitioning into their high schools but were really positive about how much they had enjoyed and benefitted from the Smile £10 Challenge in their last few months of primary school.

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