Would you or your business support plans to create summer schools for some of Teesside’s most disadvantaged pupils?
Led by Tees firm Lexonik and Teesside University, plans are progressing for the summer schools, which would focus on literacy, numeracy, sport, art, life skills and wellbeing, helping to raise aspirations in education and employment.
Up to 200 local secondary schoolchildren – many from disadvantaged backgrounds – would benefit from the scheme but organisers are calling on more businesses and educators to join forces with them.
A team of 13 have signed up to run the Berlin Marathon to raise funds for the summer schools – and organisers are calling on others to take part in their own fundraising events.
The summer schools are the brainwave of Lexonik CEO Claire Preston, the first Tees Businesswoman of the Year.
Middlesbrough-based Lexonik’s unique learning programme, which raises reading ages by an average of 27 months through hour-long sessions over six weeks, will play a part in the summer school sessions.
Claire said: “We’re grateful for the support already offered but the scheme needs to be fully funded, so now we need local businesses to chip in.
“Summer schools are so important in exposing our young people to new activities and experiences – especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds who we’ll particularly target.
“Our aim is to provide as many students as possible with a fully-funded opportunity to learn, engage, meet new people and raise their aspirations in terms of future learning and employment.
“At the same time we’ll be tackling the very real Teesside issue of holiday hunger.”
Also partnering in the project is charitable movement Teesside Philanthropic
Foundation and Game of Actual Life (GOAL), a local community interest company that specialises in providing life skills for children in health, wealth and happiness.
Those in training for the Berlin Marathon include Claire herself, Lexonik colleagues Michelle Hicks, Dan Donovan and Ed Mooney, Teesside University’s Mark Simpson, Teesside Philanthropic Foundation’s chairman Andy Preston and his business partner Gareth Cherry, Endeavour Partnership’s Nick Dent, Phil Luke of Luke for Solutions, Lisa Preston and Jordan Clayton of Hunters Estate Agents, Jessica Williams of Just Williams and teacher David Rogers.
Anyone interested in either taking part in a fundraising event or sponsoring the runners can contact Claire via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Pictured above: Lexonik directors Claire Preston and Katy Parkinson and Teesside University pro vice-chancellor Mark Simpson are calling on local businesses and educators to support their fully-funded Teesside summer schools.