Shoppers boost outdoor classroom fund

December 01 2017

CHRISTMAS has come early for pupils at Samuel White's Infant School in Hanham - they've just been given two generous lump sums towards their plans for an outdoor classroom.

CHRISTMAS has come early for pupils at Samuel White's Infant School in Hanham - they've just been given two generous lump sums towards their plans for an outdoor classroom.

Staff at the Co-op in Hanham High Street handed over a cheque for a whopping £2,204.98 to the school's Friends group.

The money accumulated every time customers at the Co-op store swiped their membership cards during the last six months as part of the retail chain's local community fund.

Bryony Davis, chair of Friends of Samuel White's School, said: "Initially we thought we were going to get about £650 but ended up getting more than £2,000!

"It's absolutely amazing and we are so grateful to everyone who nominated us and everyone who shops at the Co-op."

The Friends have spent the last year fundraising for an outdoor classroom for Year 2 pupils and events included a quiz night, discos, cake sale and summer fair. It is hoped the project will be completed before the spring.

Bryony said: "The classroom will have seating around the edge and will be open sided and multi-functional. It will be brilliant as an extra space so pupils can learn outside. It will also mean parents will have somewhere dry to wait when they pick up their children in the rain! The choir can also perform there during various events.

"It's a project you can add to as you raise more funds so in the future we will look at adding a weather station and whiteboard."

The Friends were given a further cheque for £500 after winning the Asda green token scheme where customers choose which local cause to support by putting tokens in perspex boxes by the checkouts.

They were nominated to take part by parents Sophie Whitcombe and Emma Feather.

The Longwell Green store's community champion, Susan Green, visited the school to present the cheque.

Bryony, who is pictured with Susan, said some of the £500 will be spent on outdoor equipment but the Friends are also looking at spending the rest on Christmas gifts for  pupils.

She said: "Thank you to everyone who decided to support our school with their green tokens. It's massively appreciated and will go towards our children and our school community."