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Head Teacher Marion Girdwood and children from High Mill Primary School gave an excellent talk on the benefits of being part of RotaKids to an audiance of Rotarians at Growing Rotary Day in Carluke Lifestyles Centre. Well done to the members of RotaKids from High Mill Primary for a truly inspiring talk.

Carluke Rotary Club  High Mill Primary RotaKids 2014-15

And our new RotaKids members for 2014-15

The pupils at the school again picked their president and committee members and the High Mill RotaKids 2014-15 were officially inducted.

Rotary District 1020 Chairman Archie Ralston visited the school this week to enrol the pupils as members of RotaKids. The RotaKids President is again Lewis McNab with Vice President Ryan Higgins, Secretary Morgan McMillan, Treasurer Kayleigh Park and committee members Aiden Scollan, Mason Purdie, David Connacher and Ben Young.
During the enrolment each member quoted the Rota Kids Pledge:
As a RotaKid I promise, To be fair to all, To serve my community, To show respect for others.

The RotaKids will hold regular meetings at the school assisted by Carluke Rotary Club and they have already decided that their main Global Project for the coming year will be raising funds for Mary's Meals as well as participating in the "Backpack Project" which is a simple way of helping children in countries like Malawi and Liberia get the best out of school.

Before the official business, the new RotaKids and all pupils of High Mill watched the Mary's Meals dvd presentation "Child 31" during their school assembly. "Child 31" tells the story of Mary's Meals and how they began by feeding just 200 children in famine struck Malawi in 2002. Today,the charity provides a life-changing meal to over 920,000 children every school day in 5 different continents across the wprld.


Carluke Rotary Club  High Mill Primary RotaKids 2013-14

The Rotary Club of Carluke were back to school this week with a new venture, RotaKids.

RotaKids is a project of Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland and is an exciting way for children aged between 7 and 12 years to get together, make friends and enjoy working on fun activities and projects.

The club discussed the RotaKids project and decided to have a pilot launch with one of the local primary schools.

President Archie Ralston approached High Mill Primary School Head Teacher Marion Girdwood with the proposal of High Mill being the first RotaKids club in South Lanarkshire . Ms Girdwood said she was delighted to have the school involved and the wheels were set in motion.

The Rotary Club will work with the school to help RotaKids get the most enjoyment from whatever they are working on. The Rotary Club hopes the school will benefit from motivated youngsters who are eager to use their skills to help others while having a good time in the process.

Rotakids really adds to the great work already going on in schools. They learn to make their own decisions and, with the help from the appointed teacher and Rotary, put their ideas into action. Rotakids also fits in with the citizenship element of the curriculum. Youngsters make a difference in their community and enjoy a boost to their confidence, as well as make friends along the way. They pick up new skills, understand how their actions can impact on others and really broaden their horizons

The pupils at the school picked their president and committee members and the High Mill RotaKids were officially inducted.

President Archie Ralston and Community and Vocational Services Chairman Sandy Morrison visited the school this week to enrol the pupils as members of RotaKids. The RotaKids President is Lewis McNab, Vice President Ryan Higgins, Secretary Louise Paterson, Treasurer Kayleigh Park and committee members Aiden Scollan, Christie Graham, Preston Cambell.
On the enrolment each member quoted the Rota Kids Pledge:
As a RotaKid I promise, To be fair to all, To serve my community, To show respect for others.

The RotaKids will hold regular meetings at the school assisted by Carluke Rotary Club and the new Rotakids have already decided that their first project will be to assist in the supply of Safe, Clean Drinking Water to the people of the Philippines.

After the official business President Archie Ralston and Sandy Morrison gave a presentation on how Rotary International are helping children and their parents in third world countries. Archie demonstrated the "Life Straw" to the school.  Life Straw is a portable water purification tool that cleanses surface water and makes it safe for human consumption. It is just 25 cm long and 29 mm in diameter and can be hung around the neck. Life Straw requires no electrical power or spare parts. It  filters up to 700 litres of water and effectively removes most of the micro organisms responsible for causing waterborne diseases. It kills disease causing micro organisms which spread diarrhoea, dysentery, typhoid, and Cholera.

Archie placed dirty grass and a hand full of soil and rubble into a container and mixed it together. He then placed the Life Straw in the muddy water and proceeded to suck the contents through the straw. The children were fascinated by the result of the Life Straw and how it could change lives.

Head Teacher Marion Girdwood thanked the Rotarians for their demonstration and interest in the school.

The Rotary Club hope to involve other Carluke Schools with RotaKids in the near future.  

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