Teignmouth students to pitch for Green Teen funding
Students at Teignmouth Community School will turn young philanthropists this month in a new eco-project.
As part of the college's citizenship programme, Year 7 pupils will take part in the Green Teen Philanthropy scheme.
Youngsters will learn about rainforest conservation and the importance of philanthropy before getting the chance to make a difference themselves.
Rainforest conservation charity Cool Earth and holiday letting company Classic Cottages are involved in the project.
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Students will present Dragons' Den-style pitches on behalf of three Cool Earth projects in Peru, Borneo and Ecuador. Pitches will be made in front of a panel of conservation and philanthropy experts including Classic Cottages chairman Simon Tregoning and Cool Earth Director Matthew Owen.
The Dragons will have £2,000 donated by Classic Cottages, to give whoever makes the best pitch to support their chosen rainforest project.
Pupils will then be encouraged to start their own fundraising projects for Cool Earth, which will last the rest of the term.
Jemma Woodman, head of communications and fundraising at Cool Earth, said: "The students at Teignmouth Community School will be learning about the significance Cool Earth's work protecting areas of endangered rainforest, and finding out what they can do to help.
"Although the people you associate with philanthropy are often the rich and famous, you don't have to have a lot of money to make a difference.
"It's great to have the support and funding from Classic Cottages, a local business which itself is dedicated to preserving the environment.
"We hope that the Green Teen Philanthropy project can be rolled out to schools across the country." Classic Cottages has supported Cool Earth by sponsoring 35 acres of endangered rainforest in Ecuador and Peru.
The company also helped a trial of the Green Teen Philanthropy project which took place at Falmouth School in Cornwall in 2011/12.
Based at Helston, west Cornwall, the company markets around 700 self-catering holiday homes across the region.
Simon Tregoning said: "We are committed to protecting the environment and making our business as green as we can, which is why we regularly donate to Cool Earth and support other local environmental causes.
"We also want to give something back to the communities we operate in, and the Green Teen Philanthropy project is the ideal way of meeting both of those objectives.
"With the £2,000 up for grabs in the Dragons' Den, the students can make a direct and immediate impact on the future of the rainforests.
"The ongoing fundraising projects will then give them a chance to put their entrepreneurial skills to the test."