Shoppers have the power to help school - The Evesham Observer

Shoppers have the power to help school

Evesham Editorial 29th Jan, 2018   0

A RALLYING call has been made for caring local shoppers to help a caring village school group bag up to £4,000 from a supermarket scheme.

Cropthorne with Charlton CE First School’s PTFA hope for a massive cash boost from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme for their forest school.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £4,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects.

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

As with all forest schools’, Cropthorne’s site provides a framework for children to make their own discoveries in an inclusive environment which allows them to learn through outdoor play, improve communication and language skills.

Youngsters can sample the delights of the forest school and even enjoy an outdoor cabin as they experience more of the natural world around them.

An electric power connection would allow the staff to heat and light the forest lchool Lodge during the winter months and increase the amount of time it can be used.

Karen Mason-Smythe, forest school leader at Cropthorne-with-Charlton School, said: “An electric power connection would enable us to use of technology by having more enhanced bird watching equipment such as cameras in nesting boxes.

“We could record evidence of the wildlife living in our forest school area when we are not there. We would also be able to set up microscopes enabling the children to look at the variety of creatures and objects that are found during their exploration of the area.

“Heating the lodge would extend the time children can access the forest school area and therefore enrich their enjoyment and learning in this wonderful setting.”

Voting is open at Pershore’s Tesco Express store on the High Street and at both Evesham’s superstore on Worcester Road and also the Tesco Express on Cheltenham Road throughout January and February.

Customers can cast their vote using a token given to them at the checkout in store each time they shop.

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered more than £40million to 9,700 projects up and down the UK.

Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

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