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Children at new nursery in Keith plant bulbs as part of Rotary Club's Purple4Polio campaign


By Jonathan Clark

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CHILDREN at Keith’s newest nursery have planted crocus bulbs as part of the the Rotary Club’s Purple4Polio campaign.

Elliot Craig of the Flexible Learning Nursery in Keith planting crocuses for polio outside the Longmore Hall. Picture: Eric Cormack
Elliot Craig of the Flexible Learning Nursery in Keith planting crocuses for polio outside the Longmore Hall. Picture: Eric Cormack

Keith Rotary is turning local buildings and statues purple to raise awareness of polio – which continues to exist in Pakistan and Afghanistan despite being eradicated in Africa.

The 14 children at the Keith’s Flexible Childcare Service’s nursery, which is temporarily located at Longmore Hall, planted bulbs to help turn the area around the hall purple.

The nursery’s manager Eleanor Smith said: “The Rotary Club has supported this campaign for years and we were delighted to be offered the bulbs.

“We are in temporary accommodation with no outdoor space so it was lovely for the children to have the chance to plant the bulbs. Now they will be able to tend to them and watch them grow.

“The children loved it and it has been a learning experience for them, we researched it all together. Purple4Polio is kind of going over the kids’ heads but we have linked it with the child-friendly rights of a child project.

Elliot Craig of the Flexible Learning Nursery in Keith planting crocuses outside of the Longmore Hall in Keith. Picture: Eric Cormack
Elliot Craig of the Flexible Learning Nursery in Keith planting crocuses outside of the Longmore Hall in Keith. Picture: Eric Cormack

“Also, we have a little boy who has just had a heart operation with us, so that is a big discussion in nursery. We linked what is happening with Charlie to what polio is and how it affects people, so it has been really helpful.”

The nursery was offered the bulbs by Sonya Warren, who is a member of Keith Rotary.

Ms Smith added: “Sonya has been absolutely tremendous with us, she loves and advocates what we are all about.

“She has visited many times and is all for what we are doing.

“Now we have made links with Keith Rotary we will be doing much more with them in the future.”



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