A SCHEME encouraging children to be good neighbours is to be extended to another school in Huddersfield.
Ashbrow Junior School, in Sheepridge, has signed a new “good behaviour” partnership with Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH).
It is aimed at making seven to 11-year-olds more aware of what effect their behaviour has on homes and the community. Children will learn about getting involved in their communities, the history of social housing and respecting each other.
The scheme has also received backing from Huddersfield Town and defender Nathan Clarke visited the school to meet the pupils and help launch the project.
Teacher Fiona Mitchell, whose Year 6 pupils will be taking part in the programme, said: “We are very excited to be part of the KNH Kids Scheme and especially to be finding out how to get more involved in the local community.
“The Ashbrow Juniors are very lucky to be given this opportunity.”
KNH will also sponsor sports kits to encourage children to take part in healthy activities and its staff will help with the teaching and lesson planning.
As part of the partnership, which will run for the next five years, KNH staff will work with the teachers.
They will develop lesson plans and play an active role in the classrooms.
The children will learn how to get involved with the wider community and will take part in projects.
The scheme has been successfully piloted for more than two years at Stile Common, Newsome, Fieldhead and Birstall junior schools.
It was also recently extended to Westmoor Junior School in Dewsbury.
Scheme manager, Helen O’Sullivan said: “We are very pleased Ashbrow Junior School has joined our programme, which has already proved a great success with other schools within Kirklees.
“KNH’s mission statement is ‘quality homes and services in successful communities’, and KNH Kids is one of the ways we’re helping build those successful communities.”
Other schemes already operated by KNH include the Excel reward project.
This rewards tenants who pay their rents on time and do not cause problems.
Their details are entered into regular draws and competition.