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HERE is proof that joining our Shop for Schools contest helps pupils’ education.

Just ask staff and children at Hartlepool’s Ward Jackson Primary School.

Last year’s contest, run as always in association with the town’s Middleton Grange Shopping, saw Ward Jackson receive a new Toshiba laptop computer and a package of educational software.

The laptop takes pride of place in the school’s intervention room where it is used to help children brush up on a range of literacy and numeracy skills.

Using software called Nessy, it has been particularly useful in helping pupils improve their reading via a series of fun spelling games.

Leon Burn, 11, has been making the most of the laptop and the Nessy software.

He said: “It’s great for spelling and reading because it’s a lot of fun. It has really helped me.”

So why not help your favourite school earn something similar this year.

As Morag Tucker, Ward Jackson’s ICT co-ordinator, said: “The Shop for Schools scheme is a great way for the people of the town to support our schools.

“It’s something that Ward Jackson has participated in for many years and because the tokens are fairly distributed in relation to pupil numbers, every school can collect prizes for their schools.”

This year’s Shop for Schools contest continues until June 30 with books and sports equipment also among the prizes on offer to the 26 participants.

The rules are simple.

Every pound spent at the shopping centre can be converted into a one-point voucher when you take your receipts to Middleton Grange’s central information desk.

Double points are on offer on Sundays and triple points on bank holiday Mondays with bonus vouchers also appearing weekly in your Mail.

Middleton Grange marketing manager Suzanne Chaney said: “It is a great opportunity for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles to do their little bit for the schools of Hartlepool.

“Even if you don’t have children, it would be great if you could get involved.

“It’s just a case of getting your receipts stamped at the information desk and then posting the points earned in your preferred school.”

The more points your school earns then the higher the value of prizes it will receive.

But don’t worry that smaller participants will lose out in the points race.

Scores will eventually be divided by each school’s roll so that the contest is even.

We will keep you up to date with the latest league tables.

And remember to keep buying the Mail this week for your latest bonus voucher.