The Ravenscliffe@SpringHall project received a major boost thanks to a £10,000 grant from the rotary clubs of Calderdale.
The donation marks the completion of sponsorship of the first teaching base and community room in the £500,000 Spring Hall based Sixth Form and Community Centre, projected to open in Spring 2017.
The Calderdale, Elland, Brighouse, Sowerby Bridge, Halifax Calder, Hebden Bridge, Todmorden and Halifax Rotary clubs pledged £5,000, which was then match funded by the wider rotary district.
Ravenscliffe is Calderdale’s only secondary special school, currently educating 136 students with a wide range of special needs.
The school is committed to giving its young people the very best educational experience and as a high a level of independence as possible, so students can leave the school and make their own mark in adult life.
The Rotary grant will play a huge part in making this dream a reality.
Headteacher Martin Moorman said: “We have always loved the work of Rotary at Ravenscliffe.
“The members of these seven clubs sacrifice so much time and effort to help great local and international causes.
“I have yet to meet a Calderdale Rotarian who undertakes this hugely important work for any reason other than a desire to make a difference without personal gain.
“We are privileged in Calderdale to have a magnificent seven Rotary clubs who, year on year. help to make Calderdale a better place to live.
“We are so grateful that they have decided to support our Spring Hall project and have now secured the £10,000 funding needed to equip our business room.
“Hopefully their example will inspire other organisations and businesses to consider helping us to secure sponsorship for the final seven rooms and help make the dream a reality.”
The school has now secured £100,000 of its £500,000 target and anyone interested in helping should contact the school at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01422 358621. And to celebrate Sowerby Bridge based Fresh Fields Food being awarded the Red Tractor Assurance for meat, the school will judge a painting competition. Primary schools across Calderdale are being encouraged to get their creative hats on and paint farm yard scenes which include a red tractor. The closing date is June 19 and all paintings should be sent to Ravenscliffe, where judging will take place on Tuesday, June 23.
Prizes for three categories will include tablets and one overall winner will receive a laptop. The winning entry will also be used to promote a new range of products for schools. For more information ring Fresh Fields on 01422 834859.