Every little helps for schools

SHARING A JOKE: MP Iain Wright (left) with Sophie Lee from Fens Primary School, Max Williams from Sacred Heart, Nick Bennions from Eldon Grove and Kian Williams from St Teresa's, along with teacher Miles Sharp
SHARING A JOKE: MP Iain Wright (left) with Sophie Lee from Fens Primary School, Max Williams from Sacred Heart, Nick Bennions from Eldon Grove and Kian Williams from St Teresa's, along with teacher Miles Sharp

GRATEFUL youngsters enjoyed a trip to the supermarket when they picked up useful equipment for their school.

Four Hartlepool primary schools received extra arts and crafts and sport equipment after taking part in Tesco’s schools and clubs voucher scheme.

Pupils from Fens, Sacred Heart, Eldon Grove and St Teresa’s primaries were presented with their pieces of equipment by Hartlepool MP Iain Wright at the town’s Tesco Extra store, off Burn Road.

Selina Wilson, the store’s community champion, said: “Four schools were selected by head office to receive extra equipment.

“Lots of local schools and clubs register to collect the vouchers to save for extra equipment.”

Mr Wright, currently a shadow minister at the Department for Education, chatted to Sophie Lee from Fens Primary, Max Williams from Sacred Heart, Nick Bennions from Eldon Grove and Kian Williams from St Teresa’s, along with his teacher Miles Sharp.

They received a variety of arts and crafts equipment, sports gear, and building block toys.

Tesco also gave the schools a Cluedo board game, a foam numbers game and sweets.

Martin James, store manager at Hartlepool Tesco Extra, said: “Tesco for Schools and Clubs is a scheme which my team are proud to be part of and we are really pleased Iain Wright was able to present the products, a result of thousands of vouchers collected by our customers.”

Shoppers supported their favourite school or club by collecting vouchers when they paid at the check-out.

The scheme is open to all schools and amateur clubs that cater for people under the age of 18 and has now finished for this year.

Over 40,000 schools and clubs nationally signed up to the programme last year which saw Tesco give away more than 430,000 pieces of equipment worth £9.3m.