Romanian donation will help school name live on

HANDING OVER: LEGACY: From left, Great Cornard Middle School staff and pupils with Lenuta and Josh Clark, far right.
HANDING OVER: LEGACY: From left, Great Cornard Middle School staff and pupils with Lenuta and Josh Clark, far right.

Great Cornard Middle School’s name will live on at a poor Romanian School after pupils donated bags of old uniforms.

Around 40 sacks of uniforms, kits and shoes have been given by parents at the school which closes tomorrow.

Paul Clark, whose son Josh, 10, goes to the school, came up with the idea of donating the uniforms to the Banesti School, which has 400 pupils in the rural area of Fântânele and was built with donations from Sudbury Baptist Church.

Mr Clark worked in Romania for eight years and met his wife, Lenuta, there while teaching English at the school before moving to Great Cornard in 2008.

“When I heard Great Cornard Middle School was closing, I thought that if parents would be getting rid of the uniforms, maybe I could put it to good use in Romania,” he said.

“It is a poor school with no running water or uniform.”

Mr Clark, who will drive the kit over in September, said the headteacher of Banesti planned to create a new school motto using the GCMS lettering and logo on the uniforms to show his gratitude.

Catherine Fraser, deputy headteacher at the school, said: “Thanks to the generosity of parents and pupils, Great Cornard Middle School’s name will live on.”

To make a donation, call Mr Clark on 01787 371685.