Sally Cancello’s ‘Inspire a Child’project has allowed many celebrity athletes and artists to visit primary schools in England, inspiring students with their accomplishments. The project, which Cancello created while attending Landmark Education’s Self-Expression and Leadership Program, received the attention of the Sheffield Star newspaper, which wrote the following article.
Upcoming Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Sean McCallister was a guest at Fox Hill School, while Grease Is The Word runner-up Anthony Kavanagh visited Prince Edward Primary on the Manor.
Singer-songwriter Helen Boulding went to Lower Meadow School at Batemoor, while songwriter Elliot Kennedy will next month visit Netherthorpe Primary.
Each guest spent an afternoon with the children and talked about their lives and how they were inspired to be successful in their particular walks of life.
Teachers have been impressed by the days set up by the Inspire A Child project.
Lower Meadow teacher Karen Dunning said: "The children enjoyed hearing Helen’s music and it made them want to go for their goals and to not give up."
At Woodhouse West headteacher John Bennett said children were thrilled to meet a professional footballer.
"They were inspired to think about their own futures and were bubbling with enthusiasm when their parents arrived," he added.
The initiative is aimed at schools in less well-off areas and is tied in with a fundraising scheme which is aiming to donate £1,000 to each primary to help pay for school trips and equipment.