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Clevedon Learning Trust

Clevedon Learning Trust

Reading Haven

Clevedon Learning Trust children dream up new inspirational 'reading haven' and launch bid to win the cash to fund it

Mary Elton Primary School pupils have dreamt up a new inspirational 'reading haven' and launch bid to win the cash to fund it - from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative.

The Reading Haven will be a place to inspire children to reach for pleasure in a wonderful outdoor space next to the library which is about to have a major refurbishment.

Mary Elton has been shortlisted for a grant from Tesco. The superstore has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local community projects. 

Three groups in every Tesco region have been shortlisted to receive the cash award and shoppers are being invited to head along to Tesco stores to vote for who they think should take away the top grant.

Mary Elton Primary School is now part of the innovative and growing Clevedon Learning Trust formed out of the inspirational Clevedon School.

Head Teacher Dean Hudd said: "The Reading Haven is our vision to inspire children to read for pleasure. A quiet, calm, tranquil, outdoor space which will provide a much needed sanctuary for children to develop and grow their creativity."

Library Co-ordinator, Rachael Ten Broeke, said: “We hope this will provide the much needed space for our children to relax, read and reflect which will compliment the major refurbishment of our indoor library."

Voting is open in all Tesco stores throughout July and August. Customers will cast their vote using a token given to them at the check-out in store each time they shop. 

Tesco’s Bags of Help project has already delivered over £30 million to more than 4,600 projects up and down the UK. Tesco customers get the chance to vote for three different groups every time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco’s regions will be awarded funding.

Lindsey Crompton, Head of Community at Tesco, said: “We are absolutely delighted to open the voting for July and August. There are some fantastic projects on the shortlists and we can’t wait to see them come to life in hundreds of communities.”

Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “We’ve been thrilled to see the diversity of projects that have applied for funding, ranging from outdoor classrooms, sports facilities, community gardens, play areas and everything in between."

Funding is available to community groups and charities looking to fund local projects that bring benefits to communities.