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Dunbar Primary School Parent Council receive funding to launch a virtual Easter Fun Day

Easter Craft Bag

Almost £300 has been donated to Dunbar Primary School Parent Council by BeGreen Dunbar and Community Windpower to fund Easter fun under lockdown.

BeGreen Dunbar has given £271 to support an alternative to the traditional Easter Fun Day which cannot take place due to lockdown restrictions.

This funding follows the £3,050 from the joint Community Windpower and BeGreen Dunbar crisis fund which was given to Dunbar Primary on September 8th 2020 for them to purchase school sheds, an event shelter and improve the accessibility around the wildlife pond. This has helped support the pupil’s outdoor learning during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Easter fun day is an event for the whole community as well as a key opportunity for the parent council to raise funds for the school. The parent council has devised alternative plans to ensure the vital fundraising can still take place this year. The aim is to provide Easter craft bags containing four activities: Easter egg sand art, an Easter treat box to colour in, an Easter key ring to sow with thread and Easter bunnies to decorate.

The bags come with an invitation to an imaginative Scavenger Hunt and a Name The Cuddly Toy competition for the pupils. There will be three virtual showcases, hosting up to 60 people, and provide an opportunity for the children to present their creations.

All the proceeds from the Easter Craft Bags will go to Dunbar Primary School, in aid of supporting outdoor learning at the school. The parent council is currently supporting plans to create a woodland classroom and wooden building blocks for younger pupils.

Helen Schoen, member, and former chair of the Dunbar Primary School Parent Council said: “Fundraising and bringing the school community together is trickier than usual at the moment, but we wanted to try to organise some family fun for Easter. There are some free activities for Dunbar Primary pupils, such as finding painted rocks and a story trail on Dunbar high street. We are delighted that with BeGreen Dunbar’s support we can also raise some money for the school through our Easter craft surprise bags which come with an invitation to join an online scavenger hunt and win prizes.

“All money raised will be given to the school where outdoor learning is helping the next generation appreciate and conserve the natural landscape on their doorstep.”

Diane Wood, community benefits director at Community Windpower, which operates the Aikengall Community Wind Farms in East Lothian, said: “It is important we help to support the next generation, especially during the difficult times throughout the pandemic. We did not hesitate when Dunbar Primary School Parent Council explained what the funding is going towards.

“The last year has been a taxing year for us all and children’s mental health has suffered greatly. It is vital to provide opportunities for children to look forward to in these testing times.

“We wish the brilliant volunteers at the parent council all the best with their fundraising and we wish the pupils and all their families a Happy Easter.”

For more information on the Covid-19 crisis fund or to apply for support, please contact Cathleen Anderson at the BeGreen shop in Dunbar by calling 01368 8363720 or emailing begreen@communitywindpower.co.uk.

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