PRIMARY schools will be cashing in on sports and electronic equipment thanks to the generosity of shoppers.
Thousands of residents earned points for schools of their choice with every £1 they spent in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, in Hartlepool, as part of the Hartlepool Mail’s Shop for Schools contest.
Pounds were turned into tokens and the school’s which entered the popular contest exchanged them for a range of goods which pupils will benefit from.
After a seven-week period of collecting tokens, Springwell Primary School and Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School, in the town and St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School, in Blackhall, were announced as the three schools with the most tokens.
Staff at the schools expressed their delight and thanked parents and town residents for their generosity.
Michelle Patterson, teacher of the yellow class at Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, said the tokens were exchanged for a new video camera.
Mrs Patterson said: “We are absolutely delighted and want to say a big thanks to everyone who supported us.
“The new camera is used throughout the school.
“We do record a lot of our projects so it’s fantastic for us.”
St Joseph’s RCVA Primary School, in Coast Road, Blackhall, also exhanged their tokens for a new camera.
Anne Readman, a teaching assistant at the school, said: “We would like to say a big thanks to everyone who took part.
“We always get a fantastic response from parents and people linked with the school and it really is appreciated.
“The new video camera is a brilliant tool for the children.”
Ward Jackson Church of England Primary School, in Clark Street, exchanged the tokens for a laptop.
Jan Brough, headteacher at the school, said: “A huge thank you to children, parents, staff and the many friends or Ward Jackson C of E Primary School for collecting enough Shop for School points to enable us to win such a fantastic prize.
“The laptop will be used to support individual and small groups of children with their learning in English and Maths.”
Mark Rycraft, manager of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, praised the response of shoppers who were keen to take part and support the town schools.
He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the response of people in the town.
“Shop for Schools is extremely popular and fantastic for schools but it can only work through help from parents and customers and they have been brilliant.”
Mr Rycraft said plans are already being discussed for next year’s competition and bosses are intending to run it for a longer period of time.