Morrison's Academy pupils secure £3000 for charity, VisionPK
Pupils from Morrison’s Academy in Crieff recently secured a grant of £3000 for VisionPK, a local Perthshire charity which supports people who are blind, partially sighted, deaf or hard of hearing.
Morrison’s Academy pupils are encouraged to be philanthropic, responsible citizens, committed to human rights and effective contributors to society. These values and skills are taught from Primary One to S6 through the school’s unique Learning for Life programme.
As part of the Learning for Life programme, S3 pupils annually take part in the Youth Philanthropy Initiative (YPI), an active citizenship scheme which empowers young people to make a difference in their community through a programme of teamwork, research and competition.
Pupils are challenged to create a persuasive presentation on a local charity that they are passionate about. Working in teams, each group researched social issues in Perth and Kinross to choose a charity and create an engaging case for the YPI £3000 funding.
Six final teams presented a business case on why their chosen charity should receive the donation to a remote judging panel. The winning team consisting of Eriskay, Emma, Ella and Kerri (all S3), gave a thought-provoking and in-depth presentation which included a hands-on demonstration using glasses made to simulate visual impairments.
Kerri said, “I am delighted we won the money for a great charity. I enjoyed every part of the YPI journey. I feel I have gained confidence in researching and presenting.”
Eriskay, another member of the winning team added: “I enjoyed every part of the YPI journey and it was so worthwhile. If your school has the chance to take part then I say go for it!”
Katie Wylie, Fundraising Manager at VisionPK had high praise for the winning team and said, “We were thrilled that our local charity was chosen and can’t thank the pupils, Morrison’s Academy and YPI Scotland enough. It’s really inspiring to see the next generation bringing real change to the world.”