Roughwood primary school in Rotherham have been working away on their NEMESIS projects. Children of all ages in the school, along with parents, teachers and members of the local community have come together to make these social innovation projects come to life.
Acorns visit to a nursing home
One of Roughwood Primary School’s main goals for the NEMESIS project is to create sustainable partnerships between different communities. This was kickstarted by visiting the residents at Cherry Tree Nursing Home. The younger students from Roughwood enjoyed singing nursery rhymes – everyone joined in and it was a lovely afternoon. Plans were made for the school to continue working alongside the nursing home, perhaps including craft activities, picnics, nativity performances and more.
Helping the homeless
Around Christmas time, children from Class 6 donated 25 bags of clothing to the YMCA at St John’s Green, who donate proceeds from selling the clothes to the homeless.
Members of Class 6 have also worked tirelessly to persuade their families and members of the public to donate sanitary and hygiene products to help the homeless people of Rotherham. They asked staff at My Place (a drop in centre in Rotherham) which products would be most useful and wrote letters to parents asking for donations.
“It feels really good, doing something for somebody else. It makes you feel really proud that you could help!” – Imarni, Class 6
Other NEMESIS projects in Roughwood include transforming an outdoor space into a peaceful reading area with the help of their gardener, Mr Staveley; making bird feeders to bring to a local park and feed the birds; discussions about fundraising for and establishing a LEAF centre (Leading Endeavours for Aspirational Futures) with a radio campaign.
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