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Schools wins £1,000 to boost wellbeing project

Isaac Newton Primary School has won £1,000 in the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, bagging itself a cash sum towards its project to boost pupil wellbeing.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of up to £5,000, up to £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Shoppers voted in two Grantham Tesco stores and Isaac Newton School came in third place.

The school's project, called Into the Wild, focuses on an unused space on site that needs an injection of creative thinking and funding to turn it into an exciting, new and natural, outdoor learning area for the children.

They would like to install a nature area, to include bird feeding stations, two bird hides, Buddleja planting to entice butterflies, and log piles and bug hotels to attract wildlife. The children can then study the natural wildlife around them, instead of googling it on the internet inside the classroom.

The school also hopes to install wooden sleeper planters creating a sensory garden for the children to enjoy, smell, see, and learn about different plants, flowers and herbs.

These new and exciting extracurricular activities will also complement the curriculum, covering subjects such as Science, Maths, Art and History.

Paul Hill, executive head, said: "We were delighted to be awarded £1,000 by Tesco. It will make a considerable difference to the Forest School Project that we are undertaking and we can't wait to turn our plans into reality."

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco's Head of Community, said: "Bags of Help has been a fantastic success. We have been overwhelmed by the response of our customers and it's been great to give people a say on how the money will be spent in their community. We can't wait to see the projects come to life."

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £25 million across more than 3,000 local projects.

Groundwork's National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: "It's just the beginning for Bags of Help and we're really excited about the future. The scheme will be permanently open for applications, and as grants can now be used for not just the development of, but also for the use of local outdoor spaces, we expect even more groups will now have the chance to benefit.

"It's projects like these that really help to capture the public's imagination by illustrating what can be achieved when communities are given the support and the encouragement they need to create better places where they live."

Anyone can nominate a local project and local organisations can apply. To find out more visit www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp


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