Your school could win a share of £5,000

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The Courier has joined forces with Barclays to give local schools the chance to win a share of a whopping £5,000.

The Cash for Schools 2011 challenge is open to all primary and special schools, with a top prize of £3,000, and two runners up prizes of £1,000.

Schools are asked to encourage their pupils, families and friends to collect the Barclays Money Skills Banknotes tokens printed in the Courier from today until Saturday October 22 and also in the Brighouse Echo, Todmorden News and Hebden Bridge Times from Thursday 29 September until Thursday 3 November.

The schools which collect the highest monetary value in Banknotes from the Halifax Courier, Brighouse Echo, Todmorden News & Hebden Bridge Times will one of the cash prizes.

Barclays Community Business Partner for the North West, Rachel Herbinson said: “It’s more important than ever that we help our customers and communities manage their money better everyday.

“By helping young people make independent and informed financial decisions and to recognise the financial implications of the choices they make, we hope they will become more confident consumers of the future.

“We hope our support of the Barclays Money Skills Cash for Schools partnership will inspire schools to take part and develop ways to improve the financial capability skills of their pupils.”

“In addition to providing funding to charities working with young people to help them increase their money skills, we aim to make a real impact by encouraging our staff to volunteer using their professional skills through our Barclays Money Skills programme. We offer fun, interactive activities delivered by our enthusiastic Barclays volunteers.  The sessions last for between one and three hours and aim to help young people make independent and informed decisions about topics such as budgeting, spending, saving and planning for the future.  The content can be tailored to suit the needs of different age groups or levels of ability.

“We hope as many schools as possible take part in this fantastic partnership with the Halifax Courier Group.”

Information packs have been sent to all local schools, and to register call 01422 260358.