Old Basing Infant School Pro-Grow Funds For UNICEF

Last week Old Basing Infants participated in the Unicef ‘Day for Change’ initiative, which saw pupils recycling old shoes and mugs into planters.

On Monday morning an assembly about UNICEF was held at the school followed by a planting activity, using Pro-Grow compost donated by Veolia.  Pro-Grow is made from Hampshire’s recycled garden waste and is made locally at Herriard, the certified organic soil conditioner was perfect for this activity.

The children at Old Basing Infants have been learning about sustainability and global awareness and are now sharing their work with the local community.  They are selling the plants in their unique planters to raise funds for UNICEF.  The ‘Day for Change’ is all about education and giving children a brighter future.  About 68 million children around the world don’t have access to education but these funds from Old Basing will help to make a lasting change for the most disadvantaged children.

Elizabeth Noble, aged 5, said: “The plants are going to grow and then we’ll sell them for charity.”  David Radcliffe, aged 6, added: “It’s for charity, for children’s right to go to school in other countries.”

Mrs McCarley, head teacher at Old Basing Infants said: “We wanted to get involved because we wholeheartedly support UNICEF’s Day for Change.  Small things that we can do will really make a difference to children around the world.”  Staff at Old Basing also extended their thanks to Homebase and B&Q for donating the plants which will be on sale at the school on 27 June.

Lee Phelan, General Manager for Veolia in Hampshire said, “This is a great project that Old Basing Infants have come up with.  We’re glad to be able to help them out with some of our recycled compost to make it a really successful fundraising event for UNICEF.”