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Kids get cash for their school budget

PUBLISHED: 18:45 26 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:45 03 March 2010

YOUNGSTERS at Felixstowe's two high schools have been given cash to spend on projects they really want - and to give them experience of running a budget.

YOUNGSTERS at Felixstowe's two high schools have been given cash to spend on projects they really want – and to give them experience of running a budget.

County councillor David Rowe has given £1,000 to both Orwell High and Deben High from his locality budget, given to councillors each year to spend to benefit their areas.

Mr Rowe, a governor at Orwell High, hopes it will give students experience of having complete responsibility for deciding how it should be spent.

He makes budget decisions all the time, and recognises the frustrations students must feel when they have lots of good ideas, but are unable to finance them.

He said: "Both schools have welcomed the idea of giving funds to the school council. It gives young people money to spend on projects important to them and involves them in decision-making.

"School councils play an important part in introducing young people to the democratic process and giving the students a voice in the school.

"I am delighted to be associated with the school councils in this way and look forward to hearing of the ideas as to how the money may be spent."

At Orwell High in Maidstone Road, the cheque, was received at the school by Liane Wilson and Lisa Mellamphy.

They said the school council would discuss whether it should be spent on one major project or several smaller ones.

There are two representatives from each year on the council, including the Sixth Form, and the decision is entirely theirs, reporting back to Mr Rowe when decisions have been made. One of the suggestions was basketball nets, but nothing has been decided yet.

Mr Rowe invited the school council through its co-ordinator, Debbie Green, to visit the council chamber in Ipswich, to look around and possibly to hold one of their meetings in the chamber.

At Deben High in Garrison Lane, the school council has just been relaunched with elections taking place, and pupils are thrilled with the money.

Acting headteacher Terry Ring thanked Mr Rowe for his generous support and said the cash would be used by the students to bring about positive improvements to the school environment.

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