50 pupils win certificates

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Fifty youngsters from Wirksworth infant schools have been awarded special certificates to recognise their achievements in the community.

PCSO Sue Lester, Mayor of Wirksworth Cllr Andy Pollock and town Cllr. Mike Ratcliffe gave out the awards during an end of term service at St. Mary’s Church this week.

The certificates form part of the Wirksworth Wonders scheme which has this year been extended to include pupils at Wirksworth Junior School, who will be given their awards next week.

Youngsters have complete tasks both in and out of school which help the local community, the environment and each other.

As part of a larger award, the youngsters collect stickers to show their commitment in a total of six different areas: citizenship, health and fitness, the environment, road safety, community achievements and respect for others.

PCSO Sue Lester, of the Wirksworth and Middleton Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “It is great to see that, yet again this year, there are so many youngsters who have given up their time to help the community.

“I hope that they will be proud of their achievements and will continue to work towards each of the categories during their time at junior school, and of course later on in their lives.”

The scheme, which is supported by Wirksworth Town Council, local schools and the police, is also run in Middleton, where pupils received their Middleton Marvels award before the summer holidays.

The awards ceremony took place between 2pm and 3pm on Wednesday, July 13, at St. Mary’s Church, Wirksworth.