M6toll’s £15,000 boost for schools initiative

Midland Expressway Limited (MEL), operators of the M6toll, has launched its 2016 Schools Foundation Scheme inviting Staffordshire Primary Schools within a five-mile radius of the M6toll to apply for funding of £3,000.

The £15,000 initiative will allow five schools to benefit from the awards in order to fund projects which will enhance pupils’ skills and talents for the future.

Colin Mabey, MEL’s Director of Systems and IT said: “Our business is located within the county and we wish to play our part in nurturing and creating opportunity for our young people to enjoy new experiences and develop their talents.

This year’s School’s Foundation initiative was launched at Millfield Primary School, in Brownhills – a beneficiary for two years running.

The school has become an ambassador for the scheme having received £4,000 since its inception which has helped expand its water sports project; providing canoes and kayaks.

Michelle Sheehy, Headteacher of Millfield Primary School added: “We would urge all eligible schools to submit an application for project funding. The funding we have obtained from the Foundation has supported our school ethos.  We believe in educating the whole child and providing as wide an experience as we can.  This is not always possible on a tight budget. We have had excellent responses from the children in terms of building resilience and raising self-esteem."

This is the third year that the Schools Foundation has been in operation – having donated a massive £24,000 to date. It has funded a range of different projects including: interactive white board, Forest School site, sound and presentation system, outdoor learning area, sports equipment and library facilities.

Full details regarding the Midland Expressway Limited’s Schools Foundation, together with the qualifying criteria and application processes of both schemes are available on the M6toll website www.m6toll.co.uk/community.

undefinedMel (MEL’s mascot) together with students from Millfield Primary School