100 pre-prep children, aged between 2-7 years, donned elephant masks and trumpeted, tootled and sang their way around the grounds at Cumnor House Sussex in aid of charity. The sponsored walk raised £1,111 for Happy Days, a charity enabling children with physical, mental or emotional needs to participate in a variety of trips that they might otherwise never experience.
During the run-up to the event, the children engaged in various elephant-themed activities, stories and poems. As well as learning about their favourite large grey mammal, they were taught about charity, kindness and empathy. Colourful Elmer played a major part as they used his patchwork colours as inspiration for colouring their own elephant masks.
“We had such a lot of fun helping the children prepare for this fundraiser,” commented Jacqui Freeman, Head of Pre-Prep at Cumnor House Sussex. “They really engaged in all the activities we prepared and, once the day of the sponsored activity finally arrived, they were very happy to walk, for what felt like miles to little legs, around the school’s 65-acre grounds. We took a break every so often to read Elmer stories and poems, sing elephant songs and to play elephant-themed games, but they were always happy to get back on their feet and continue walking.”
Back in September the children selected Happy Days as the charity they would most like to support during the 2017-18 academic year.