Today, over 100 pupils from William Ellis School in Camden took part in a worldwide initiative designed to inspire and educate children about healthy lifestyles.
The school linked up with Aramark, an international food service company, along with City Year UK, to host a day of activities.
More than 30 volunteers, from Aramark and City Year London, led sessions with the children to educate them on the importance of exercise and nutrition. Highlights included a PE session and sugar challenge – which looked at the amount of sugar in everyday foods – along with an ‘Apprentice Challenge’ where teams created their own healthy food concept which they presented back to their class.
Sam White, Headteacher of William Ellis School, said: “Thank you to Aramark for involving William Ellis in its volunteer day and to our City Year London volunteers who are in school every day providing extra support to our pupils in so many different ways.
“These kinds of initiatives bring so many benefits. They are an opportunity to work with the wider community and give our pupils direct access to business and the world of work. We’ve had a lot of fun and at the same time, pupils have learnt about nutrition, leading a healthy lifestyle and developed their team work, presentation skills and confidence.”
The initiative is part of a series of health and wellness volunteer giving activities held across Aramark’s global operations. Aramark’s Building Community Day (ABC) is the day when employees come together in support of their local communities in whatever way they need and can.
Since 2008, Aramark has invested significant volunteer time and expertise, financial and in-kind resources, with 30,000 volunteers helping more than 4 million people in over 50 cities.
Sonny, an 11-year-old pupil at William Ellis, said: “Today was fun and I really enjoyed the PE lesson” and Joshua, also 11, added: “It was inspirational to be with people from Aramark and to learn about how to stay healthy.”
Aramark volunteer, Rachael O’Sullivan, said: “It has been a very engaging day and I believe the boys have taken away some key skills for life.”
City Year London has partnered with William Ellis School since 2012 and currently has six young people volunteering full-time for a year at the school as role models, mentors and tutors. Easy to spot in their red jackets, they provide extra support to pupils in and out of the classroom and gain leadership development skills and opportunities at the same time