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Academy group receives Rotary award

By Sean McAngus

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The Ellon Academy Interact group have received the Rotary Intentional Presidential Citation.

Presidential Citation is one of the highest awards made to clubs by Rotary International, and it is, to say the least, challenging to achieve.

The citation is in the gift of the current President of Rotary International and is awarded on an annual basis worldwide.

The Rotary Intentional Presidential Citation was presented to the group. Picture: Phil Harman
The Rotary Intentional Presidential Citation was presented to the group. Picture: Phil Harman

The project sponsored by Ythan Valley Rotary is open for S1 to S3 pupils looking to gain leadership skills and help in the community.

Meeting weekly members work closely with Rotarians in helping transform the lives others and inspire the young people of Ellon Academy.

All of the volunteering hours are recorded for the Saltire Awards a government backed initiative to encourage youngsters to get involved with the community.

The Ythan Valley Rotary attend fortnightly and provides opportunities to develop leadership skills.

As a UN Respecting School, Ellon Academy values the opportunity that Interact gives to pupils.

Over the course of this year the group has planted crocuses in school garden, supported projects with Lend with care and collected used stamps and ink cartridges for charity.

Rotary member Hilary Gordon said: “Leadership opportunities at all levels are encouraged at Ellon Academy, with Interact playing a significant part.

“We are delighted to have gained an RI Presidential citation for the 3rd year in a row, recognizing our hard work.”

Interact has supported a variety of charities including End Polio Now.

For more details about the Ythan Valley Rotary Club email ythanvalleyrotary@gmail.com.

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