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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SpongeBob SquarePants Makes Surprise visit to County Durham school | Jeans for Genes Day | Nickelodeon UK

Schoolchildren in County Durham, North East England were treated to a surprise visit from SpongeBob SquarePants after flexing their creative muscles to design him some new gear!

Pupils at Sugar Hill Primary School, in Newton Aycliffe, welcomed the Nickelodeon megastar on Monday 24th April 2017 after youngsters won a national competition as part of Jeans for Genes Day with their ideas for his new pair of jeans.

Headteacher Paula O’Rourke said: “We were thrilled when we heard our school had won. “Congratulations to the winners and thanks to all the parents for supporting the charity.”

The whole school was tasked with coming up with a new design as homework and was selected as the winning school out of hundreds of entries.

In first, second and third place were Charlie-Lewis Elder, Imogen Evans, and Conner Bennett. SpongeBob handed out prizes including a drum kit, scooter and games!

Pupils, who wore jeans for the visit, have helped raise £290 for Genetic Disorders UK.

Jeans for Genes raises money for Genetic Disorders UK and aims to change the world for children with genetic disorders. There are more than 6,000 genetic disorders. Individually, genetic disorders are rare but together they affect 1 in 25 children born in the UK - that's more than 30,000 babies each year. Their associated health problems mean that genetic disorders are the biggest cause of death of children aged 14 years and under.

The money raised during Jeans for Genes Day helps provide vital care and support to children with genetic disorders. The day invites people of all ages to leave their suits and uniforms at home and wear their denim jeans to work or school in return for a donation which will help change the lives of children across the UK. It’s important that as many people as possible pitch in.

This years Jeans for Genes Day will take place on Friday 22nd September 2017. For more information about Jeans for Genes Day, please visit

Congratulations to all the pupils at Sugar Hill Primary School, and to everyone who raised money for Jeans for Genes!

Original source: The Northern Echo; Photos: Stuart Boulton; Additional source: Wikipedia.
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