Early Years Scotland (EYS) narrowly missed out on a £3,000 donation after being nominated for an award by a team of enterprising high school children.
The children, led by EYS Early Years Practitioner Emma McAndrew's son, Michael, and several of his second year classmates from St Ninian's High in East Renfrewshire, had chosen EYS as their selected charity in a grant programme run by the Youth and Philanthrophy Initiative (YPI).
The YPI is an active citizenship programme that raises awareness amongst young people about philanthropy and their local community. Each year participating schools are responsible for directing the £3000 YPI grant to a local charity through a unique programme of teamwork, research and competition.
In supporting EYS for the award, Michael and his team spent months researching the organisation and interviewing staff including the Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards. At the formal awards ceremony in the school on Wednesday 20 February, the children confidently delivered an incredible presentation, telling the huge audience all about EYS's history and work, sharing case studies from EYS's services, and screening a short film about the charity.
Jean Carwood-Edwards, who attended the awards ceremony, said: "Although we were not the overall winners, Michael and his team truly gave us such a wonderful profile with the audience.
"I really can't thank the children enough - everyone at EYS appreciates them taking such an interest in us and selecting us as their nominated charity. I would also like to thank YPI for such a wonderful programme, and the school for facilitating the local award and for kindly donating £100 to EYS and the other runner-up charities."
Pictured with Michael and his team at the awards ceremony are EYS Chief Executive, Jean Carwood-Edwards (left) and PA Linda Bruce.
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