Generous Cordeaux pupils trade in merits to raise cash for charities

Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support, Help For Heroes, and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receive cheques from Cordeaux Academy, with the money being raised by students through the school's merits system. EMN-150923-123314001
Representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support, Help For Heroes, and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receive cheques from Cordeaux Academy, with the money being raised by students through the school's merits system. EMN-150923-123314001
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Cordeaux Academy pupils have raised over £400 for good causes by selflessly trading in merits that they have earned through the school’s rewards system.

Representatives from three major charities visited the school last Wednesday (September 23) to receive cheques following the fundraising which took place during the last academic year.

The Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance received £65.50, Help For Heroes received £59.60, and the Louth branch of Macmillan 
Cancer Support received £53.80.

Cordeaux Academy has set up a ‘virtual shop’ online, which rewards pupils based on merits they have received for good work and 
behaviour, helping out, or representing the school.

Each merit has a 10p value, meaning that pupils can exchange ten merits for a £1 Jassies voucher, or exchange 50 merits for a £5 voucher at Cojo’s Sports Shop.

Progress manager Garry Ashford explained: “We like to support local businesses.

“Students can also exchange their merits for a donation to charity. Ten charities were chosen by the school council, and the three charities with the highest amounts are here today.”

The representatives from the three charities were greeted by academy principal Patrick Daley, and four 
Year Eight pupils - Carina Sainty, Annie Fiddling, Cody Keeling and Callum Chater - who each received a platinum award after gaining more than 150 merits during the last academic year.