CHILDREN are being encouraged to cultivate a love for the great outdoors thanks to a £1,000 donation from their village’s popular annual festival.
East Preston Infant School was one of 37 community groups, charities and other good causes to benefit from a share of £8,650 from funds raised by East Preston Festival’s own events during its 2014 programme and throughout the year.
The school put its donation towards becoming a Forest School, giving pupils the opportunity to experience learning in an outside environment, encouraging imagination, self initiative and respect for the natural world around them.
Last Tuesday a plaque to commemorate the festival’s sponsorship was presented by the festival committee who paid a visit during the school grounds day, when the children, with parents and other helpers, were working outside.
The plaque was accepted by Caroline Cunliffe, the school’s Forest School leader and will be fixed to a newly-built shed in an area where pupils have created a natural outdoor space for recreation and learning.
Deputy head Lucy Owens thanked the festival for its ‘immense support’ when the money was presented in October.