Boeing volunteers fly in to help local schools

Volunteers from Boeing Defence working with students at Bradley Stoke Community School on a World Earth Day project.

As part of their annual celebration of World Earth Day, 60 volunteers from Boeing Defence spent a day at Bradley Stoke Community School (BSCS) and sister school Meadowbrook Primary to complete a range of projects to update and develop the school grounds.

Volunteers arrived for 9am and led morning assembly with Reception and Year 1 pupils, explaining more about the work of Boeing and the ethos behind World Earth Day. Volunteers were then split into groups to tackle projects such as pruning, cutting back hedges, tidying up existing planters and assembling some new ones for primary pupils to harvest their own vegetables.

A small group of secondary students also took part and rose to the challenge with enthusiasm. After a quick pause for lunch, work continued throughout the afternoon and by 3pm students and volunteers alike were exhausted! Boeing staff presented students with a certificate and a goody bag to acknowledge and thank them for being involved.

Steve Moir, BSCS headteacher, said:

“These kinds of events are a clear demonstration of the vision that everyone, whether you are a multinational company or a school child, can make a difference to the environment in which we live and operate every day. Students also developed their team building skills, social skills, problem solving and, of course, physical fitness.”

Sharon Clark, head of primary phase at BSCS, added:

“The children really enjoyed working outside and learning about the environment and the world beyond the classroom in a fun and interactive way.”

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, volunteering, student mentoring or supporting BSCS in any other way, please email the school at

• Each year, Boeing employees worldwide plan and participate in onsite and community activities to celebrate the day. Last year more than 21,000 employees took part in more than 150 Earth Day events at 71 locations in 14 countries around the world.

Volunteers from Boeing Defence working with students at Bradley Stoke Community School on a World Earth Day project.

This article originally appeared in the June 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 13). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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