School fundraiser is coining it in

Pupils, parents and Friends of Baines decorate the giant logo with coins, to raise money for a new infants' playground. BELOW: Friends committee member Jenny Green with pupils Atty Salem and Jessica McCormick-Mullan.
Pupils, parents and Friends of Baines decorate the giant logo with coins, to raise money for a new infants' playground. BELOW: Friends committee member Jenny Green with pupils Atty Salem and Jessica McCormick-Mullan.
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SCHOOLCHILDREN were rolling in cash after decorating their playground with glittering coins.

The pupils at Baines Endowed Primary School, Thornton, made the school logo out of shining money in a bid to raise funds towards having the infants’ playground resurfaced.

Friends committee member Jenny Green with pupils Atty Salem and Jessica McCormick-Mullan.

Friends committee member Jenny Green with pupils Atty Salem and Jessica McCormick-Mullan.

And they hope that, after raising hundreds of pounds, it won’t be long before they have a shining new playground to enjoy. The school’s Parent Teacher Association, the Friends of Baines, came up with the novel idea of painting the giant school motto on the ground for children to decorate with bronze, silver and gold coins – all to go in the pot.

Gill Finney, headteacher at the Station Road school, said: “The logo was full of money, children and parents were very generous. It was a great idea from the PTA.”

Year 5 teacher Adam Edney painted a 3ft by 3ft outline of the logo, including the school’s motto Reaching Up, on the playground on Friday morning before children helped decorate it.

Roots from the ancient trees lining the playground are beginning to break the current tarmac surface, which is also damaging the trees. The proposed new playground surface will protect both trees and children from possible damage or accidents.

A new area will cost around £15,000, so the Friends of Baines have been thinking of novel ways to fundraise, including holding discos and beetle drives. They have 
already raised £2,500 to help towards resurfacing the junior playground.

Mrs Finney added: “The infants can’t wait for their new playground now, they keep telling me what they’d like on it.”

She said the children enjoyed the painted logo so much they are now considering having a similar decoration on the new area, which the school hopes to install in April 2013, ready for summer term.

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