Brodetsky gives its pupils a taste of the great outdoors

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

Local councillors and residents visited Leeds' Brodetsky Jewish Primary to officially open three new building projects.

Over recent months the school has added a nursery play area and a multi-use sports pitch. A specially constructed nature teaching area known as the Outdoor School was dedicated to Sam Gitlic by his family, who had funded the £10,000 facility in his memory.

Brodetsky head Jeremy Dunford (far right) said the ceremony helped to "foster relationships with our neighbours and allowed for a fitting tribute to be made to Sam Gitlic, who clearly was a valued member of the Leeds community".

Mr Gitlic came to Britain as a refugee on the Kindertransport, aged 13. He was taken under the wing of the Lawrence family of Leeds.

Ashley Serr, a member of the Lawrence family, said at the project's opening: "When he escaped persecution Sam wasn't much older than the children who attend Brodetsky today. We are committed to seeing that money from his estate should be spent primarily in Leeds on projects that benefit the community."Mr Gitlic died in Leeds last December, aged 85.

Last updated: 10:24am, July 23 2010