Hunter Hall School in Penrith is well on the way to raising funds for their new state of the art S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) facility, which they hope to build within the next two years.
The school has been undertaking many fundraising initiatives since 2017, including their most recent which was a ‘Silver Smarties’ Challenge. Children from across the school were tasked with helping parents, family, friends and neighbours with household tasks and chores and in return swapped Smarties for silver coins. Each Friday assembly the children added their spoils to the total and told each other how they had helped make their contribution to the school’s fundraising. Jobs included; washing the car, laying the fire, cleaning out the shoe cupboard, cleaning out pets, feeding the pigs and making winter homes for animals to shelter from left over bracken in the fields!
It fell upon Year 6 pupils, along with Head of Mathematics Mr Philip Sturgess to count all of the silver coins collected since the challenge was set prior to the Christmas break. The children managed to raise a magnificent £656.81, which brings the total fundraising sum to £22,270.14.
Hunter Hall School aims to raise at least £75,000 which will support the building and fitting of a new bespoke S.T.E.M Centre. This will be built on the site of an old classroom building, thereby further enhancing their facilities to provide a 21st century establishment from which the children can enthuse about subjects such as Science. As always, Hunter Hall remains keen to continue links with the community and in time offer the facility for others to also benefit from as it does with its sports facilities.
The next event in the fundraising calendar is the Spring Ball on St Patricks Day, Saturday 17th of March at The Roundthorn. The Spring Ball is not just open to Hunter Hall parents, but to all members of the local community who are all very welcome to come along prior to booking through the school.
The school will be continuing to run many fundraising events throughout the year and hope that with support from the local community, businesses and alumni they will reach their target.
If you run a business who may be able to support the school in their challenge, please contact them on 01768 891291 or donations can be made online at https://mydonate.bt.com/events/hunterhallsciencecentre