CHILDREN from two Hartlepool schools are celebrating after coming top of the poppies for their efforts in selling the commemorative flowers among their classmates and teachers.
Manor College of Technology and Throston Primary School topped the table of secondary and primary schools in the town by raising £183.01 and £162.95 respectively.
Hartlepool Rotary Club, the charity that organises the distribution of poppies to the town’s schools, is recognised their efforts by presentating certificates and cups to each school.
Rotary Club President Ted Jackson praised the youngsters’ hard work and dedication to the bid to aid the efforts of the Royal British Legion, which gives help and support to serving and former service men and women.
Mr Jackson, whose organisation raised more than £6,000 in the latest poppy sales drive, told the Mail that pupils’ efforts “really shows the good side of young people”, adding that the competition had received “great support” from the schools themselves and their head teachers.
At Manor, Year 11 students took the lead by ensuring the poppy sales campaign was never far from pupils’ minds by hanging posters on notice boards and adding falling poppies to the website and screens around the building.
Headteacher Anne Malcolm said: “I was so proud that they got on-board with the campaign and understood why we buy and wear poppies, and many of them gave up their breaks and lunch time to sell them.”
Pupils at Throston Primary learned of the significance of the poppy appeal at the special annual Remembrance assembly, led by headteacher Mark Atkinson.
He said: “We set classroom and home work for the children and display it around the school so they knew why they were wearing poppies.
“We showed them the Royal British Legion campaign images of current soldiers who have been injured, and some of the kids have family members in the military, so that puts it into a modern context.
“We keep track of how many children are wearing poppies and, by the end of the campaign, almost all of them were.”
Manor and Throston also won plaudits from Hartlepool poppy sales co-ordinator, Sian Cameron, who said: “I’d like to personally congratulate the pupils and staff of Manor College and Throston Primary on their win and thank them for the contribution their hard work has made to the Hartlepool Poppy Appeal.”