St Patrick’s bid for a new extension

Children collecting Halifax Courier cash for schools vouchers at St Patrick,s Catholic Primary School, Elland, with the extention appeal themometer.'From the left, Liam Lyne, seven, Lily Evans four, Molly Cockroft, eight and Owen Downsborough, seven.
Children collecting Halifax Courier cash for schools vouchers at St Patrick,s Catholic Primary School, Elland, with the extention appeal themometer.'From the left, Liam Lyne, seven, Lily Evans four, Molly Cockroft, eight and Owen Downsborough, seven.

An Elland primary school has joined the race to win their share of £5,000.

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School is one of over forty schools who have signed up to the Courier’s cash for schools scheme.

Deputy head teacher at St Patrick’s school, John Socha, said if the school was successful in collecting the most vouchers, the money wopuld be put towards a new £200,000 building planned for the new year.

“We’re raising the final £19,000 towards the new building which will be used as research rooms,” he said.

“We’ve got a huge thermometer in the hall and we’re using to record how much money we’ve raised and the cash for schools money would be a huge boost.”

Schools, children and parents are collecting Money Skills Banknotes tokens printed in the Courier from today until Saturday October 22.

Tokens can also by bought in the Brighouse Echo, Todmorden News and Hebden Bridge Times until Thursday 3 November.

The schools are competing for their share of a £5,000 prize, with the top prize of £3,000 for the school which collects the most bank notes and £1,000 each for those who come second and third.

Mr Socha said the children were enjoying collect the tokens.

“I think they’ve responded to it quite well,” he said.

“They are really on board with the building project and the fund raising we are doing towards they’re all bringing their vouchers in which is excellent.”

It’s not too late for your school to join the scheme, and vouchers from all four newspapers can be used.

There is also an individual prize for the student in Calderdale who collects the most money.

The competition is based pupil/value ratio.

Barclays Community Business Partner for the North West, Rachel Herbinson said: “We hope as many schools as possible take part in this fantastic partnership with the Halifax Courier Group.”