The Rotary Club of Padiham has successfully established a Rotakids club with Read School, thanks to the determined efforts of Kathy Brindle and Vice-President Heather Whitham.
The school’s headteacher Mr Smith and Mrs Kay Galea, with the children of Year 6, have all embraced the ethics of Rotary – “to serve others before self”.
Rotary Assistant Governor Miles Leadbetter was there on the day of their Charter to congratulate them and hear them all recite their pledge to Rotary.
The children have democratically elected their President, Chloe Grimes, Vice-President Sam Poole, Secretary Jax Corns and Treasurer Jorden Nazurally.
Chloe Grimes, as newly-elected Read Rotakids President, spoke of being proud to be part of a much larger organisation. She said she felt that helping others who were not as fortunate as children like herself was a very worthy cause to get involved in.
Already the Rotakids have collected more than a hundred pairs of reading glasses to be sent to countries where they will be put to very good use.
The children have lots of ideas to serve their community and get involved in helping others, such as picking up litter, cleaning their school pond, and collecting baby grows for babies born in areas where disasters have occurred.
The Rotary Club of Padiham welcomed the Rotakids by inviting them to a lunchtime
meeting, where they had an opportunity to meet the club members.