THE FLORIDA FIRST 11; FINAL COUNTDOWN: THEY'RE ALREADY THE BEST IN SCOTLAND - BUT WHO WILL FLY TO DISNEY FOR A DREAM HOLIDAY?
For months, each child eagerly collected tokens for our World's Biggest School Trip Ever, a week in Florida's Walt Disney World Resort for the entire school.
And now all their efforts are paying off - each youngster is in with a chance of winning the holiday of a lifetime.
Today, we reveal the final 11 schools, all of whom have won at least pounds 2000 towards equipment for their school. And tomorrow, we will reveal what all of them are bursting to know - who will be jetting out to the Sunshine State.
The pupils have every reason to jump for joy. They beat off competition from 1643 schools all over Scotland to reach this stage.
Today, more than 200 pupils and teachers will enjoy a special party hosted by the Daily Record in Glasgow, when they will learn who has won the dream trip.
Children from schools as far North as Torridon, in Ross-shire, and Cabrach Primary, in Aberdeenshire, had to begin their long journey yesterday morning and we organised for them to spend the night in a hotel.
Torridon Primary and Canna Primary, on the Isle of Canna, might be two of Scotland's tiniest primary schools - but their small class sizes didn't stop them getting to the final hurdle.
Canna has just two pupils, Sinead Wilkie, eight, and sister Mairead, seven, and neither has travelled beyond Aberdeen.
Teacher Joan Stephen said: "The news that we were among the finalists hit me like a bombshell. The girls are so excited."
With a population of only 14, the Isle of Canna didn't have very many residents to help boost the girls' token total. But the sisters persuaded friends and family from all over Scotland to help them.
Teacher Annabelle Smith and the eight pupils of the rural Glenlyon School, in Perthshire, were also looking forward to the trip yesterday.
Mrs Smith said: "I've had to set them extra work to do. It's the only way I could calm them down."
Children from Kilmoden Primary, in the Clachan of Glendaruel, in Argyll, Cabrach Primary school in Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Strathgarve Primary, in Garve, Ross-shire and Auldgirth Primary, in Dumfries were also having trouble containing their excitement.
Their fellow finalists - all special needs schools - were equally thrilled.
Pupils of Greenburn School, in East Kilbride, Campsie View School, Lenzie, East Dunbarton-shire, Lochies School, Alloa, Clacks, and Mavisbank School, in Airdrie couldn't wait to find out if they'd won.
Mavisbank Assistant Head Teacher Adrianne Foulds said: "Our pupils are delighted. I'm so pleased that the parents and teachers have worked so hard to do something wonderful for the children."
The winning school will be announced at the party today.
YESTERDAY, we announced the top 10 pupils who collected the most tokens. They were: Paul Devlin, five, of Tarbert Academy, Emma Bryce, 11, of Lochies School, in Sauchie, Clacks, Andrew Russel, eight, of Ogilvie Primary, Glasgow, Stephanie Kelly, nine, of Criaghead Special School, Ryan Livingstone, six, of Hill's Trust Primary in Govan, Glasgow, Andrea Sweeney, seven, of Copeland Primary, Glasgow, Russell Brand, eight, of Milton of Balgonie Primary, Glenrothes, Rhona Miller, six, of Gateside Primary, in Beith, Ayrshire, Matthew McCarron, five, of Our Lady of the Rosary Primary, and Ruth Paterson, seven, of Kilmodan Primary, in Colintraive, Argyll.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Apr 29, 1999|
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