George leaves his mark on BA learning centre

3 September 2009

George Taplin (9) from Heathrow Primary School left his mark on the British Airways Community Learning Centre, as the 50,000th child to walk through its doors on June 1, 2009. His handprints and those of British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh will be displayed in the centre.

Since the centre opened 10 years ago, more than 50,000 children have benefited from its learning programmes for schools and community groups. Interactive courses on languages, IT, cultural and environmental issues are run at the centre, which is funded and managed by the airline.

British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said: "Our Community Learning Centre has become a very important resource for the local area. It is always a priority for us to give back to the communities we serve."

Local school children, chief executives and mayors from the nearby boroughs and guests who have been prominent in their support of the centre, joined Willie and the team from the centre to mark the occasion of the 50,000th visit.

The 50,00th child George Taplin said: "I've been to the British Airways Community Learning Centre before, but this is definitely the best visit I've had. I'm really excited to be here and know that my handprints will be famous too!"

Guests were also invited to partake in interactive sessions including local school children involved in role play activities using a mock up aircraft, as well as learning about the environment and re-cycling. For more information on British Airways and its corporate responsibility programme, visit

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