M6toll bring back their £15K school initiative project for 2017

Midland Expressway Ltd (MEL), operators of the M6toll road, have announced that they’re re-launching their Schools Foundation Scheme this year, which is designed to enhance learning and nurture talent.

During the academic year of 2016-2017, the MEL Schools Foundation panel awarded five grants of £3,000 to primary schools in the area. The application process for funding in the academic year of 2017-2018 will open in March, and MEL are urging schools to make their submissions before the deadline date of 12th May 2017.

The scheme’s objective is to provide primary schools the opportunity to potentially access funds for projects and activities that normal school funding cannot provide. From learning to life experiences, the Schools Foundation enables MEL to play a part in nurturing and creating opportunity for young people to develop their talents.

Colin Mabey, head of MEL’s School Foundation, said, “Each year our Schools Foundation Scheme goes from strength-to-strength as we are able to invest in the futures of local, young people. Having visiting each of the schools that we’ve previously donated to, we know that every penny has been well spent on things to which the children simply would not have access to otherwise”.

This is the fourth year that the Schools Foundation initiative has been in operation. To date MEL have donated a staggering £39,000 which has helped schools fund a range of different projects, including: interactive white boards, forest school sites, sound and presentation systems, outdoor learning areas, sports equipment and library facilities to name just a few.

Sally Wilmot, head teacher at Whittington Primary School, which received a grant from MEL in 2016 said, “The children at Whittington School will be enjoying lessons and activities in their traditional Mongolian yurt, thanks partly to the generosity of Midlands Expressway Ltd. We are extremely grateful to Midland Expressway for their grant, which has enabled us to extend our children’s learning experiences beyond the confinements of our traditional classrooms. We will not just be using our yurt for lessons, but also have clubs planned that will start in the near future.”

All primary schools located within a five-mile radius of the M6toll corridor are invited to apply for their generous grant. MEL request that each applying school invites its pupils to draw what they would like to use the grant for, and MEL’s Schools Foundation Panel will then select the winning plans from 5 successful schools.  Each pupil with a winning design will also receive a £25 gift card.

As well as receiving a generous grant, the 5 successful schools will also be given the opportunity to visit the M6toll operations centre for a tour in November. All unsuccessful schools will receive a supply of M6toll pencil pots.

Full details regarding the MEL’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.

Mel (MEL’s mascot) together with students from Whittington Primary School