Pool Academy Student First To Receive Council Award For Charitable Work

A student from Pool Academy is the first to receive a special award from a parish council for charitable work.

Members of Carn Brea Parish Council presented Leona, from Year 11, the Marise Levenson Award in recognition of her charitable work in the community.

It was presented to the 16 year old at the Annual Parish Meeting of Carn Brea by Councillor Malcolm Moyle who was a close friend of Marise Levenson.

Leona, who is Head Girl at Pool Academy, is the first person to have ever received the award.

Councillor Robert Drew, Chairman of Carn Brea Parish Council, said: “The award Leona was given is newly introduced this year.

“It was named after Marise Levenson who lived in Pool. She was a prominent member of the community.”

Councillor Drew said the award was to recognise an outstanding contribution by a young person to the local community through charitable acts or achievements.

He said: “We reviewed a number of nominations and decided Leona would get the award.

“Leona is a student at Pool Academy who was nominated for her work for the charity Cornwall Accessible Activities Programme.”

Councillor Drew said they had been told about Leona’s fundraising efforts for the charity which included raising £140,  fundraising by packing shopping bags and taking part in a flash mob dance in Truro.

She is also due to donate a sensory board, which she designed and made as part of her school work, to Curnow School.

Councillor Drew added: “On the basis of that nomination we selected her to receive the award.”

The award has been created to celebrate a youngster up to the age of 17 who has made a contribution to the local community.

Councillor Drew said there were a lot of young people doing good things in the community which were going unrecognised.

He said the award was a great way of praising youngsters for their achievements.

He said: “I think it is brilliant.

“We should be looking for these achievements and celebrating them.”

Leona’s mother said it was lovely to see her daughter presented with the award.

She said: “It was amazing. I am really proud of her.”

A spokesperson from Pool Academy said: "We are extremely proud of Leona for receiving this award. 

“It's fantastic that her great work in the local community has been celebrated in this way."

Cornwall Accessible Activities Program (CAAP) is a recently registered charity that supports disabled children and their siblings to access fun activities during school holidays.