Pupils at Walkington Primary School are celebrating the arrival of 30 new computers thanks to their fantastic fund-raising parents and the landlord of the local pub.
The school felt the computers were needed to help teachers deliver the new computing curriculum and asked the Friends of Walkington School for help reaching the £10,000 fund-raising target.
Joy Evison, chair of the group, said: “We are constantly raising funds for the school and regularly hold our meetings in the Ferguson Fawsitt. When the new landlord Kevin Robinson heard what we were trying to do he said the pub was part of the William Jackson Food Group in Hull and said he could ask its charity committee for help. Jackson’s said they would give us £5,000 if we could match it so we really made a push on our fund-raising and reached just over the £5,000 mark in the year which was fantastic. Our fund-raising efforts will be continuing and to support this Jackson’s are also going to give us £1,000 in support for the next three years.”
Landlord Kevin added: “We’re part of a family business which has really strong values and links in its local communities and we genuinely believe a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it so I am absolutely thrilled to be able to help the school which is at the heart of our community here in Walkington.”
Walkington School headteacher Chris Bullough thanked the fund-raisers for the hard work and added: “Every class now has a timetabled session in the computer suite each week, therefore each child has already benefitted from the improvements. One of the first tasks the children carried out was to produce their own digital portrait for their annual school report, a task that has been made easier and much quicker as a result of the new equipment. The new computers are the first step in a phased improvement of the school’s ICT equipment, enabling it to successfully deliver the new computing curriculum and provide the pupils with the ever changing skills they will require in the years ahead.”