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Breaking Records for Operation Christmas Child

Collecting toys and gifts for children in need overseas

Every year we collect shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children in need abroad.  This year, our budding student entrepreneur Louis Gaskin in Year 9 took responsibility for coordinating the collection throughout the school.  He led a team of helpers to promote the project and between them they broke the school record, collecting 137 boxes (beating last year’s total by 57).  Mrs Hunter, teacher for GCSE Business Enterprise said, “The event is usually managed by the GCSE Business Enterprise students but this year we seized the opportunity to give Louis a real challenge. Louis performed so well in last year's Tycoons in School competition I wanted to give him a totally different experience and challenge with a focus on a service rather than creating and selling a product. Louis was meticulous in his coordination of the tasks in hand and delegated roles to a team of helpers. student with boxesHe set about launching a campaign with assemblies to promote the cause and creating a competitive edge to get everybody in school and the community on board. It was so pleasing to see Louis' confidence grow and how accepting other students in the school are of his leadership skills. Louis, who has a growing textiles enterprise, has gained valuable experience of working/managing a small team and fundraising which will really help him with his future career aspirations. He was successful this year and he's already planning ahead for next year which I am certain will be even bigger and better!"  To read The Stourbridge News article on Louis's achievement go to