From Abi Hutchinson, Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Bristol.
“Put your money where your mouth is!” was the message from the students of the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy again this year when they raised money for BBC Children In Need by taking part in a National Talking Day (10th November).
The Academy, renowned for helping children develop confidence, self esteem and verbal communication skills, encouraged everyone to take part on this day by putting their communication skills into action to raise money.
Thousands of children, parents and teachers joined in, speaking on a series of topics related to the charity. In these days of social networking, what better way to revive the art of conversation? It has been amazing to see a whole class of students talking with their parents continuously for up to five minutes!
Students from classes in Almondsbury, Bradley Stoke, Frampton Cotterell and Bishopston raised over £500, which contributed to the national total of approximately £50,000! The money is still coming in and the Academy is optimistic about the target! A group of Principals attended the big show in London on Friday 19th November to hand over, on air, a cheque to Sir Terry Wogan.
The Academy is proud its students once again had the confidence to join in all these activities. Go to our blog, www.helenogradydramaacademy-ukeurope.blogspot.com, to read the stories and see the pictures.
All these people put their money where their mouth is and helped make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of children.
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