Paddox children help Japan penpals

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RUGBY schoolchildren have spoken about how a link between their school and one in Japan inspired them to come up with a fundraising idea to raise money for their disaster appeal.

Paddox Primary School pupils were concerned for penpals at Hiragino Elementary School when the earthquake struck in Japan in March.

Stella Haynes and Ben Downing are Year Six pupils from Paddox.

Stella said: “It affected us more directly because of the friendship with Hirogina. We were worried that Kyoto might be affected.”

Ben said: “It wasn’t until a couple of days afterwards from checking the internet and the news on TV that we were sure our friends were safe.”

Stella, Ben and the rest of the Year Six pupils said they were determined to do something to help and as well as the notes of support to teachers and pupils in Kyoto, they asked the school council if it could help organise some fundraising.

Judith Walker, international development officer at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The partnerships have broadened the children’s horizons at both ends of the globe.

“The concern of the pupils of Paddox Primary School towards the Japanese people was heightened by the very real relationships they enjoy. “Warwickshire can be very proud of the compassion and support that our schoolchildren have shown to their friends from across the world.”