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D-day importance highlighted for fund-raising pupils

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 04, 2014

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PUPILS from a Barton under Needwood school have been learning about the importance of remembering the 70th anniversary of D-day.

Youngsters from Thomas Russell Junior School have also been by preparing for a marathon swimming session in the school’s pool on Sunday as part of a fund-raising effort.

Pupils have been taking part in assemblies learning about the events of the D-day landings.

Donna Preston, one of the school governors who along with Karen Jackson, a clerical assistant at the school, has organised the sponsored swim that the children are taking part.

She said: “The children were very enthusiastic about being part of the 70-70 D-day event and wanted to help raise money for the different charities being supported. We’re very lucky to have our own swimming pool here at the school and teaching children to swim is a very important part of a child’s education.

“All our sessions are fun but with this event the children can feel they are doing something worthwhile to help other people at the same time, and we can also cover the importance of remembering such an historic event.

“The ‘watery’ event theme puts us in mind of all the people who transported and protected the troops who landed on the beaches on D-day.”

More information is available online at uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/70-70event

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