A COLNE Valley School has proved how vital Examiner cash can be to help youngsters in their education.
Slaithwaite CE Junior And Infant school took part in this year’s Examiner Cash For Schools challenge and collected enough tokens from the paper to earn themselves £2,000.
This has helped them to take teaching outdoors a major step forward.
The Examiner cash – coupled with the school’s own fund-raising including Christmas and summer fairs – means they have been able to buy a large new outdoor shelter.
There was enough too for a large climbing frame and some left over to buy tools and other equipment for the school’s already-established allotment where the children grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Headteacher Elaine Bradley said: “The Examiner money has been vital for us to take our plans to this stage. The shelter is at the front of the school next to the playground and will have three distinct purposes.
“It will be used as an outdoor classroom, pupils can play in it and parents can shelter in it while waiting to pick their children up.’’
The shelter, now nicknamed Woody, and climbing equipment was opened by Year 6 pupils Joe Pinder – chairman of the school council – and vice-chairman Amber Mayo.
The school, which has 135 pupils, remains ambitious and now aims to raise more than £20,000 to provide an outdoor classroom and visitors centre.
But for this to become a reality they will also need grants, fund-raising and support from businesses.
Meanwhile time is quickly running out in the Examiner’s Community Chest challenge.
This year £15,000 is up for grabs and 10 local groups have been shortlisted for a cash windfall.
Although the final voting coupons appeared in Saturday’s Examiner, people still have until next Monday to get their slips into the paper.
Examiner editor Roy Wright said: “The votes are being counted as they come in and it is a very close race this year so every vote will count.’’
Thousands of votes have already poured in.
Voting slips can be dropped off at local branches of Barclays, which is sponsoring the competition. The bank has a main branch in Huddersfield town centre and other branches in Milnsbridge, Fartown, Holmfirth and Skelmanthorpe.
Votes can also be taken to participating newsagents, dropped in at the Examiner office on Queen Street South or posted to our office.