Three of our students who have gone out of their way to help people during the pandemic, have been presented with the Little Sunshine award by Morrisons.
Students Sinead, Lucy and Charlotte have been working particularly hard over the last few months, helping the local community in any way they can and giving up their spare time to lend a helping hand.
This week, the students' hard work has been recognised officially, as they become the worthy recipients of the Morrisons' Little Sunshine Award. The award, which was launched nationally by Morrisons in April 2021 as part of its recent 'hope' campaign, aims to recognise those who have helped their local communities through the pandemic.
The students, now in Years 11 and13 were nominated by the Hub Leader at the Academy, Mr Paul Murray in partnership with community wardens from Kent County Council and Morrisons Community Champions, Naomi, Zoe and Cliff, who the academy works in close partnership with. Whilst we are proud to say that many of our students are actively involved in their local community, it is Sinead, Lucy and Charlotte who this time, have stood out for their extraordinary dedication and selflessness when it comes to helping their community.
The students were invited to Morrisons Supermarket at lunchtime on Wednesday and were presented with their certificates, their very own sunflower plants to take home and grow, and a £15 gift voucher to spend at their favourite clothing shops. Also in attendance was Lucy's mum who told us she was "so proud of the girls' achievements and pleased to see their hard work rewarded."
David Potts, Morrisons Chief Executive, says of the award: "This has been a very difficult year for our country and this winter has seemed especially dark and tough. So as Spring arrives, we want to help celebrate the growing sense of national optimism... and the brighter and lighter times of hope ahead."
The list of activities the students participate in is ever-growing, but highlights of their work include helping at the award-winning Dementia Café, an intergenerational project hosted by students of the academy who volunteer their time to put on themed events for local care homes and local members of Age UK, and giving up their Sunday afternoons to host regular 'Table For Six' events at the Salvation Army Hall in Sheerness, where selected individuals from the local community are invited in to a welcoming space for the day and served a delicious array of freshly baked goods.
Well done to all of our students who have gone out of their way to help others, and particularly to Sinead, Lucy and Charlotte for their extraordinary contributions over the last few months.