GALLERY: Swindon schools support Rotary initiative to 'end polio now'

By Claire Dukes - 5 December 2018

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  • Pupils from Red Oaks Primary School

    Pupils from Red Oaks Primary School

Youngsters from Red Oaks and Brook Field Primary Schools are set for a colourful Spring - thanks to the donation of crocus bulbs by Thamesdown Rotary.

Pupils from Brook Field School

Members of the club worked with youngsters at both schools to plant a display of purple crocus bulbs. 

The initiative celebrates Rotary's close association with a polio vaccination programme in partnership with the World Health Organsiation and Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

The purple crocus echoes the temporary purple dye that vaccinated children are marked with.

Miss Gibbs, one of Brook Field’s year 4 teachers said: “Rotary came to talk about the crocuses, which we haven’t spoken about before, and the children were listening very carefully. 

"Hopefully they’ll get excited when the bulbs come up in the spring, and they’ll hopefully remember why they’re doing it – but the fact that they’ve planted them, they’ll be excited anyway.”

Steve Davison, Thamesdown Rotary President said: “I’ve been to India helping out with a polio vaccination programme with children about the same age as these pupils. 

“Both headteachers were quite happy for us to plant on their school grounds. 

Hopefully, when they see the bulbs come up, then they’ll know that they’ve planted them and what it’s for, which is a good thing. As bulbs naturalise, in about 10 years they’ll have a whole bank of crocuses.”

For further information about Rotary's 'End Polio Now' campaign visit www.endpolio.org

For further information about Swindon Thamesdown Rotary visit www.rotaryclubofswindonthamesdown.org

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