Sunderland pupils become poppy sellers in support of Remembrance Day

Hill View Junior School pupils Catherine Bell, William Taylor, Katherine Swift, Edie Lemberger-Simpson, Lucy Parker and Chloe Stewart.

Hill View Junior School pupils Catherine Bell, William Taylor, Katherine Swift, Edie Lemberger-Simpson, Lucy Parker and Chloe Stewart.

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A team of Sunderland schoolchildren who staffed a stall in aid of the Poppy Appeal have been hailed for their dedication.

Year 6 pupils from Hill View Junior School worked alongside teacher Liz Hedley to run the sale at lunchtime and after school.

So many of our staff and children have family members and or friends who have been affected by war and they enjoy sharing their stories and are proud to be involved in our collective remembrance.

Liz Hedley

They sold a host of items, including reflectors, rubbers, stencils and wristbands.

Ms Hedley said: “Within school we consider it a part of teaching our children ‘British Values’, to both understand and support the reason for remembrance.
“So many of our staff and children have family members and or friends who have been affected by war and they enjoy sharing their stories and are proud to be involved in our collective remembrance.

“This is shown by the amazing amount of money that we have raised in the past two years alone.

“Last year we raised £1,440 with help from our feeder school, Hill View Infants, and we look set to be over the £1,000 mark this year too.

“However, I must stress that we couldn’t do this without the support of our amazing children and parents, who stand with us through all of our ventures – not just this one.

“Ultimately we do this because we want our children to know our history, be grateful for what others have both given and sacrificed for us, but also to help them with their journey of becoming kind, giving and well-rounded individuals.”

To mark Armistice Day, the school gathered in the hall to observe a two minute silence at 11am.

The school has also held assemblies based around the subject in the run up to Remembrance Sunday.