Children’s Primary School Projects get cash boost!

Local Primary Schools in Staffordshire got a welcome financial boost to their school projects thanks to the generosity of Midland Expressway Limited (MEL); operators of the M6toll road.

The Primary School Scheme now in its second year has been a huge success, so much so Midland Expressway Ltd decided to increase the amount of funding available this year to ensure more schools can benefit from the scheme. All primary schools located within a 5 mile radius of the M6toll corridor were invited to provide the Foundation with details of a future school project to be delivered during the academic year 2014 -2015 which the Foundation could assist funding.

MEL were inundated with excellent applications from primary schools across Staffordshire and after careful consideration the Foundation selected seven lucky schools, each visited by representatives from MEL and awarded with a cheque for £2000.

Whitgreave Primary School in Featherstone are now able to further their project 'Teaching Technology for our Children's Tomorrow' through purchasing i-pads. Princefield First School in Penkridge are now able to create an outdoor learning area through a heavy duty free standing canopy. Headteacher Paula Gallant said, "The Foundation Scheme has enabled our school to purchase an outside canopy for our Early Years area that will mean our children, from September, can access outdoor play opportunities all year round. We have been saving for the last 3 years and the scheme has facilitated us being able to do this at last! We are extremely excited and thankful to Midland Expressway Ltd" 

Highfields Primary School in Burntwood are looking to promote learning and development through outdoor play. Fulfen Primary School also located in Burntwood are using the funding to transform their Library whilst Milfield Primary School is using the money to purchase canoes to give them wider access to the countryside. Jerome Primary School in Cannock will be using the funds to build an outdoor Classroom whilst Whittington Primary School will be purchasing a class set of Raspberry Pi Starter Kits. 

Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of MEL said: "The response to this year's Primary School Scheme has been a huge success and the initiatives we received from local schools have been very encouraging. MEL increased its investment into the scheme this year to ensure more schools could benefit from funding and are proud to support all seven primary schools and see how much our scheme is assisting local children."

Millfield Primary School  Princefield