YOUNGSTERS will be learning in the great outdoors thanks to a £1,400 gesture from two ward councillors.
Staff at Clavering Primary School, in the town, were delighted to be able to present the youngsters with a brand new outdoor classroom, the latest addition to their already impressive wildlife and gardening area.
And the new learning space, which is home to a selection of wooden benches, chairs and tables, was made possible thanks to the donations of Hart ward councillors Paul Beck and Jean Robinson.
Coun Beck and Robinson, both Labour, handed over £700 each out of their ward budgets to the school to pay for the equipment for the outdoor classroom.
Coun Beck told the Mail: “With the ward budgets and other similar projects, I always say I want to support our young people.
“When you look at the horticulture in the North-East there are so many opportunities for the youngsters in the future.
“So if we are able to give them a step on the ladder to future employment and educate them in regards to the outdoors and the environment then that’s fantastic.”
Ceremonial Mayor Stephen Akers-Belcher joined Coun Beck at the school for the official opening of the outdoor classroom.
And Coun Beck revealed his delight in seeing all of the youngsters and staff so pleased with the new area.
He added: “The staff and children were absolutely overjoyed.”
Helen O’Brien, headteacher at the school, in Clavering Road, said: “The donations are hugely appreciated because they help to enhance our outdoor learning area.
“Learning outdoors will also help the children to understand how to look after and respect the environment.”
“The new equipment is also another boost for our school’s fantastic eco and gardening club, set up by Year 1 teacher Miss Murray and higher level teaching assistant Mr Bainbridge.”
Hartlepool Borough Council’s Ward Member Budget scheme sees all 33 councillors given £5,000 to distribute in their area to address specific resident and ward issues.
Members of the council’s finance and policy committee recently agreed the scheme should continue next financial year for 2014-15.