Co-op food store’s cash boost for school’s outdoor learning project

Steven Cooper (front centre) with Christine Thomson (back row, far left), from The Co-operative Food store, Stornoway, are pictured with pupils from Laxdale Primary School's eco-committee.

Steven Cooper (front centre) with Christine Thomson (back row, far left), from The Co-operative Food store, Stornoway, are pictured with pupils from Laxdale Primary School's eco-committee.

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Kind-hearted colleagues and customers at The Co-operative’s food store in Stornoway have dug deep to help raise £400 for a local school’s outdoor learning project.

Staff at the Macaulay Road store raised £250 for Laxdale Primary School, Newmarket, Isle of Lewis, by helping customers pack their shopping bags, while the local area committee also donated a further £150.

The school will use the funds to acquire bedding plants and grow-bags, as well as pots and gardening tools, for the pupils to use in their poly-tunnel, where they learn to nurture plants and watch them grow.

Betty Hepburn, a teacher and eco-coordinator at Laxdale Primary School, said: “We are delighted with this generous donation, which will allow us to buy a whole range of plants, pots and compost that will make a real difference to the project, and enhance the learning experience for the children.

“We are very grateful to The Co-operative Food store in Stornoway for their kind support.”

All 227 pupils at the school, who are aged from four to 11 years of age, take part in the project and enjoy hands-on experience of planting and growing plants in the school’s own poly-tunnel, which is part of the school curriculum.

Store manager, Steven Cooper, added: “As a community retailer, it is vital that we support local initiatives, such as Laxdale Primary School’s poly-tunnel project.

“This scheme helps show the children how things grow and, importantly, where their food comes from. We are proud of the amount we have raised for Laxdale Primary School, and would like to thank our loyal customers for their support.”