HEYWOOD Community School students worked hard to remember those who have trouble remembering and who lose the mental functioning that these young students have in abundance.
They set about raising money for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The annual Alzheimer Tea Day is a standing fixture in the staff room at Heywood Community School but this year it expanded into the school itself. For the first time several 5th year students took on the task of organising a tea day for their fellow students and raising funds for that worthy cause.
So on Thursday, May 3 the students had their Tea Day. They had baked a variety of buns, muffins, chocolate biscuit cakes and cupcakes. However, this being a large school with limited time there were some changes that had to be made. One of these was that the tea had to go. Apart from the problems of coping with boiling water, teapots and teabags there were the additional complications of sugar, milk, cups and spoons and the timing of it all.
So they opted to serve cola, normally not allowed in the school, but granted permission for this one occasion. They were given sponsorship for the cola and baked and contributed the cakes and treats themselves. Getting the material to the school was a logistic challenge for them also but one they overcame and they set up in a central social area of the school for the 11 am break.
Within minutes they were sold out, the delighted staff and students swooping on the treats. They were impressed and delighted with the results especially as they raised in excess of €400 for the Alzheimer Society of Ireland. The students involved were Danielle Farrell, Jessica Stone, Emer Stapleton, Sarah Kennelly, Bridget Ivory and Samantha Delaney. They will be able to include the activity as a part of their Leaving Cert Vocational Programme portfolio.