A group of nineteen pupils and two staff from Cookstown High School have recently returned from Romania.
They travelled to the Brasov region of Romania with a group of pupils and staff from St Patrick’s Grammar, in Armagh.
They visited Sacele Old People’s Home where they brought much needed aid and happiness to the residents by putting on a concert.
Another visit was made to Bradet Special School where the pupils brought aid in the form of school stationery, soft footballs, coloured pencils and other writing materials. Pupils in the school all have differing degrees of mental learning difficulties and are taught in small classes. The orphanage was so drab and lifeless that the pupils came away with an awful feeling of despair.
In Rupea they visited a girl’s orphanage and they also travelled to a Down’s Syndrome Centre. In Brasov Special School they found the children working away in the classroom. And at Timis, an orphanage for those with disabilities, the pupils had to face the stark reality that some of the orphans in Romania have to live with on a daily basis.
At Comana Village and School, the pupils brought a preparedfood parcel for all 170 pupils in the school. They also visited homes in the poorest part of the village. The pupils are proud of all the good work they have carried out.