Fundraising youngsters rewarded for their Poppy Appeal efforts
IF PEOPLE do not have a family member who fought in the war then they certainly know others that do.
That is the message to pupils at a Cleethorpes school who were handed a shield for raising the most money during last year's Poppy Appeal.
Gordon Oxby, president of the Great Grimsby Royal British Legion branch, presented the award to Cleethorpes' William Barcroft Junior School.
He believes it is important that children are educated on world war events, as they are the Legion's future members.
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He said: "There are not many of us left who were involved or have connections to the world wars.
"It would be a shame to think the generation today only knew about modern day warfare and very little of anything else."
The 267 pupils at the school helped raise more than £90 for the Poppy Appeal.
Gordon said: "I am very pleased to have congratulated them by handing over the Bramhill Trophy – it is in memory of our former president and goes to the school who raises the most money.
"The British Legion helps any member of the armed forces, who are either still serving or have left, their families and dependants.
"In the last year we have helped the disabled and limbless secure electric chairs and have found homes for those coming back from Afghanistan.
"Money from the Poppy Appeal is vital for us to continue doing this."
To help sell the poppies in school, pupils Liam Wilson, 10 and Jack Reynolds, 10, volunteered to take them around classrooms.
Liam said: "My late nanna always told me about various things that happened.
"I can remember her saying that she spent weeks with her family inside their basement while the war went on outside.
"I wanted to help out with the poppies as I know how important they are.
"They also remind us of the war so we do not forget our history.
"I enjoy learning about these things and soon we will be studying all about it in school."
Jack said: "Children were really generous, one person put in £4 for a poppy.
"I am glad we helped raise the most money and I hope it goes a long way to helping others.
"I sometimes listen to the news and I hear all about the fighting in Afghanistan."
World War is a topic covered as part of the school's curriculum and in addition the Poppy Appeal is touched upon.
Annie Claridge, a senior learning mentor at the school, said: "I am very proud of what we have achieved and the sale of poppies helps educate the children."