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Harpenden pupils make £1 grow into thousands through enterprising scheme

PUBLISHED: 15:00 11 August 2018

The Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden Academy

The Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden Academy

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Pupils at a school in Harpenden were each given a pound and told to ‘grow’ it over the course of a month to help raise money.

The Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden AcademyThe Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden Academy

Lisa Davies, headteacher of Harpenden Academy Primary School in Vaughan Road, gave each pupil a pound coin on Monday, June 4, with the challenge to make it grow as much as possible by the end of June. The children had to start with a small project and use the profits to embark on even larger projects to generate funds for the school.

The school was keen to raise money via a pupil enterprise project rather than encouraging parents to contribute, as part of its ethos of real life learning and inspiring children to be leaders. They were inspired by the website myonepoundchallenge.co.uk, where a man started with one pound and turned it into £20,000 over the course of one year.

All 202 pupils took part in the project, raising well over £4,000 in total. Their projects included selling tickets for ‘popsicle and play’, which offered an ice pop and an hour on Friday after school playing on new play equipment, and for a bounce session on a bouncy castle on the school playground.

For another project, pupils bought seeds and grew plants, which they sold to neighbours and friends, and some pupils set up and ran a World Cup sweepstake with two-thirds of the money kept as a profit and one-third given as a prize.

The Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden AcademyThe Harpenden Academy one pound challenge. Picture: Harpenden Academy

Some pupils set up a sing-along to The Greatest Showman, with teachers paying £5 to send their class for the afternoon, giving themselves an afternoon off, and with the children paying £1 for popcorn.

Pupils also made and sold homemade lemonade, biscuits, fudge and cake, as well as Fathers Day cards, gifts, bath bombs, key rings, slime and more.

Details of the events organised by the children were posted on a ‘Grow a £1’ display board at the school. One pupil, Lawrence, grew his £1 by collecting recycling from neighbours, pupils Annabel and Bryony made origami bookmarks and sold them alongside their unwanted books on the playground, while Sophia and her parents sold waffles and milkshakes.

Key Stage 2 coordinator Kate Watson said: “The positive response from children and parents has been amazing and it has brought us even closer as a school and local community.”

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