CHILDREN as young as eight were honoured for their work at a university celebration.
The University of Sunderland held a special awards event for the youngsters across the city who go the extra mile.
More than 300 students from Academy 360, Castle View Enterprise Academy, Hetton School and Sandhill View Community Arts School, received gold, silver and bronze awards for their achievements.
This year’s honorary graduate at the event in the university’s Cityspace, was Councillor Pat Smith, who was recognised for her contribution to young people and children’s services in Sunderland.
Sunderland Children’s University is a joint initiative between the University of Sunderland and schools, and celebrates dedication in a range of extra-curricular activities, such as sports, dance, drama, literacy and science.
Katharine Reed, Children’s University manager, said of the scheme: “It can make all the difference in raising aspirations and show what is available for them on their doorstep.” This year’s Children’s University Chancellor was the Mayor of the City of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, who said: “I’m very proud to represent Sunderland and these children should be very proud of what they have done too.”
Caitlin Jenkinson, a Year 9 Acdemy 360 student, said: “I feel really happy about earning the certificate and working together with other people to be successful.”