The island’s first ever junior branch of Rotary, Rotakids Club, has been set up at Scoill yn Jubilee, (formerly Murray’s Road School).
President of Douglas Rotary, Kevin Kneen, said the new club was an exciting way for children of 12 and under to get involved in important and dynamic activities that could make a difference in their school, their local community and even globally.
At the same time, he said it helped to develop self confidence and a sense of responsibility as mature effective citizens.
Mr Kneen added he was extremely proud of his club which had been able to work with the school children to establish an island first and he said he looked forward to the club supporting the children for many years to come.
‘I have no doubt the school’s RotaKids’ Club will go from strength to strength,’ he said.
The new club was formed with the support of headteacher Jayne Adamson and other staff from the school and it had an initial membership of eight pupils, representing each year group from three to six.
As citizenship forms part of the school curriculum, this is an opportunity for Rotary to support and expand the work already happening in school, Mr Kneen said. Jobs for fundraising or service projects can be divided up between the class in lesson times and this helps to develop teamwork. Rotary mentors from within the Rotary Club of Douglas will be available to support the children wtih their projects as required, helping out with background information or any logistical problems. Some of the children’s projects could involve raising money for charity, school and community improvement projects, or helping children overseas.
One of the new RotaKids said: ‘This will help us communicate and work as a team.’