Penryn Junior School forms first Rotakids group in Cornwall
A NEW junior section of Penryn Rotary Club is the first of its kind in the county.
A group of pupils at the town's junior school have formed the RotaKids Club.
The town already has as an Interact Club for those aged 12 to 18.
But Jim Henderson, from Penryn Rotary, helped to create an even more junior arm.
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The idea behind the club is to develop leadership skills and self-confidence through teamwork.
Those taking part have all received a RotaKids badge.
The group also received a certificate, presented by John James, district governor for Cornwall, who told everyone how proud and pleased he was, especially as this was the first anywhere in Cornwall. The nearest other RotaKids Club is in Portishead (Bristol).
Initially, Mr Henderson, his wife Jean, and Penryn mayor Gill Grant will meet with the club to initiate some community projects in which members can be involved.
"Our first two projects are working towards the purchase of a literacy box to go to help pupils in African schools, and, also, a box to collect old or broken glasses.
"These are repaired and sent to a ship which sails around developing countries. It has an operating theatre for improving peoples' sight," said Mr Henderson.
Rotakids is primarily for pupils aged between 7 and 12.