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Published Wednesday 24th of July 2013 12:23:48 PM

Students and staff at ACS Hillingdon International School have been awarded the Council of International Schools (CIS) 'International Student Award', in recognition of the positive difference they have made to the lives of children in Romania, Tunisia and Hillingdon over the past academic year.
After learning about the violent protests in Tunisia on 14 September, which caused severe damage to the American Cooperative School of Tunis (ACST), students led by Lauren Seaberg, an ACS Hillingdon school counsellor, decided they needed to find a way to help. Students planned and organised a book fair and toy drive to raise funds to help students at ACST replace the books, toys and supplies that they lost. ACS Hillingdon raised £600 for the Tunisian school, and hand-delivered the cheque to an ACST teacher and the Lower School Principal, who visited ACS Hillingdon to thank students for their dedicated efforts.
Toys and books that were not sold at the students fundraising sale were donated to local children charities and the children's centre at Hillingdon Hospital.

ACS Hillingdon students also learned how to knit and created a quilt for children in small family homes in Romania. Students invested time and effort into creating a lasting gift that will provide much comfort to the children for many years to come. Students also donated reading books to their Romanian peers, and exchanged letters and videos.

ACS Hillingdon School Counsellor, Lauren Seaberg commented:

'This school year the lower school student council reached their goal of helping other children internationally and in their own community. The International Student Award through CIS goes to a student or group of students who have shown a true commitment to global citizenship. Our students were honoured to receive the International Student Award for their clear commitment to helping others.'

Lower School Principal at ACS Hillingdon, Michelle Eriksen, added:

'It has been incredible to see our dedicated staff and students touching the lives of children near and far over the past year, and really put their global citizenship into practice. We are so proud that our students' hard work has been recognised by the CIS, and hope students continue to think and give to others in our local and international community in years to come.'

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