THE Central Fife area's first RotaKids Club was launched on Thursday and within a matter of a few minutes the youngsters had come up with a number of ideas which they feel can make a difference to the Cardenden community.

The club was launched at Cardenden Primary School through teacher Louise Chapman's feeling that youngsters from the school could benefit from coming up with ideas to benefit their community.

Designed by the Rotary movement, RotaKids is a fun and exciting way for children aged 7-12 to make friends and get involved with important activities in the community, all while having a great time in the process and when Louise contacted Cowdenbeath Rotary Club to see if they could help her establish such a group at Cardenden Primary it did not take long to get things moving..

RotaKids clubs are based in schools, youth groups or community centres, and with the help and support from teachers, youth leaders and the local Rotary club, children can gain a valuable experience in helping others and learning interesting, new things.

In charge of helping Louise start the club have been club members Alex Cuthbertson and Willie McCulloch, and Alex said: "It also brings an exciting and practical approach to supporting the citizenship element of the national curriculum.

"By doing so, children enjoy a boost to their confidence and self-esteem at a key age and develop and understanding of how their actions can impact on others".

Willie added: "I am looking forward to working with this very enthusiastic group of young people and within a matter of a few minutes they have come up with several great ideas."

The Cardenden Primary RotaKids Club will choose their president, vice president, secretary and treasurer this week to get the organisation fully up and running.

Rotary District 1010 RotaKids officer, Elspeth Ferguson, said: "The youngsters have focussed on several projects already which is really good to see and from what they have been saying these can and will make a difference within their community."

Among the projects floated have been a Fairtrade tuck shop at the school, litter pick-ups and ways of persuading dog walkers to ensure they pick up after their pet to tackle dog fouling.

Said Louise: "The next stage is to get the officials elected but already they are really keen to get going to make their ideas a reality.

"They all want to help their local community and cannot wait to get started."