Pupils at Simonside Primary School are looking at how small things can have a big impact on someone else’s life. Their project was called “Can one person change the world?” They chose to work with Wag & Company to see how one person and their dog can change someone else’s world.
The project started with Visiting Wag Team, Diane and Eddie bringing their friend Sheila Moody, who they visit in her own home in Durham to talk to the class. Sheila explained how a Friendship Dog called Eddie – with just a little bit of help from his owner Diane – have changed Sheila's world. Sheila loved meeting all the children and she also shared her stories of living in the East End of London during World War II; they particularly loved to hear about the Spitfires. Then, over the next four weeks, groups of the children and their teachers, visited Hawthorn Court Care Home in Hebburn with Visiting Wag Teams John and Rio and Mandy and Annie to understand how the elderly residents benefit from their visits. The project culminated in a sponsored relay where the children raised funds for Wag & Company and shared a coffee and cake morning for the elderly people and their Wag Volunteers that the children had met during the course of the project.
Nikki Woodrow, Year 5 teacher at Simonside Primary School said:
"This term, the year five pupils have been focusing on how one person can change the world. After hearing about the brilliant things Wag & Company does, our children were very keen to get involved.
The first visit to school went amazingly. The children really engaged with Sheila's stories and listened to how she loves visits from Diane and Eddie. One pupil even gave Sheila a spontaneous hug when she heard about her war experiences, which was heart-warming to see. We're thrilled that the children have a chance to experience the difference the volunteers are making every day."
This is Sheila pictured being presented with her souvenir photo, a present from Year Five, concluding that whilst: "Helping one person might not change the whole world it could change the world for one person".
Well done to everyone involved, lovely project.