Fundraising to Support International Work in Schools

2nd January 2016 - By 

Knightlow school is an outstanding school in Warwickshire. It has created several STORIES4SCHOOLS books that have been sent to schools in Malawi, Uganda and India.

For each book the school organises a book launch to which parents and members of the local community are invited. The local media and the Mayor normally make an appearance too. This helps to raise the profile of the school, raise funds and provide a memorable celebration of the work and achievements of students and staff.

Knightlow have worked with local artists and organised visits to local places of interest, museums and galleries. Each class adapts the story making process to suit their own objectives and fit with the curriculum.

The school has been particularly effective at raising funds by selling copies of their books and organising additional activities including themed non-uniform days, cake sales and auctioning off the framed original artworks featured in their books. Their success has enabled the school to not only cover the costs of their involvement but to sponsor a school in Malawi to create a book of their own!

This hard work was recognised by the British Council’s International School Award which was awarded to the school:

“This outstanding application from Knightlow CofE Primary School and College meets the criteria for International School Award Accreditation. Well done! Out of personal interest, the assessor pursued one particular strand onto the ‘stories4schools’ website and found ‘Knightlow Adventures’ and other tales originating in Stretton-on-Dunsmore highlighted on its front page. This is excellent. Overall this is superb. Congratulations, everyone!”

Knightlow’s fundraising success has been based on selling copies of their books alongside fundraising activities and events. This has included events outside of the school such as the local village fete. The school has embedded STORIES4SCHOOLS into the school curriculum and this has enabled a high level of support by parents, staff and supporters of the school.

If you would like to get your school involved in something similar you can find details about STORIES4SCHOOLS here.

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