Help for local primary school

Help for local primary school


A Rotary club which has been donating £500 a month throughout this year to a local primary school has received a ‘big thank you’ from all children, parents and staff.

“We really appreciate all the support you have given us,” said Beverley Williams, club leader at the Grange Primary School, in a communication to Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club. She said that the three week Summer Club 2020, in particular, had become an essential part of allowing the school’s most vulnerable children to have fun.

“Without the Rotary club’s funding the summer club simply would not have happened. The project has provided new experiences and allowed these vulnerable children to feel part of something special that is keeping them safe and allowing them to keep smiling!”

She said this year’s club was, at times, ‘hard work.’ Said Beverley: “Making sure the bubbles were ready for when the children came in, taking temperatures, consistently prompting hand washing and gelling, keeping them separate in their bubbles at times, was hard. “Each bubble was cleaned at the end of every day by the club staff. Each of the two bubbles had a capacity of 15 children. Across the three weeks we filled 205 spaces. The club was well received, we had some lovely comments from parents and we have already been asked if they can come again next year – already.”

The Grange Primary School’s special educational needs co-ordinator, Beth Dean, has also thanked Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club for their prospective sensory room development. She said: “Following scrutiny of the latest guidance, a plan has been drawn up for a sensory room that can be accessed during the current restrictions and then developed further in the future. The site maintenance staff are currently making the room safe and the equipment is being resourced and ordered from a variety of places to ensure it is cost effective. We hope to have the sensory room up and running before half term and will be very excited to share pictures as soon as we can,” she added.

Said Rotarian Kerry Ferguson, who liaises with the Grange Primary School on behalf of Shrewsbury Severn Rotary Club: “We are delighted to be able to continue to support the school during these difficult times, especially the Summer Club 2020. School holidays can be very difficult for some children and the Summer Club provided an excellent way of continuing their development in a supportive environment with lots of fun!”

Julian Wells

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