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Crowland's South View Community Primary receives gift of new netbooks from town charity to help home learning

Pupils at South View Community Primary in Crowland will see their home learning experience upgraded with the donation of ten new netbooks by Crowland Community Hub.

The devices were delivered yesterday (Thursday) to benefit the children as they learn at home, and become a great addition to the school-based technology lessons for everyone when they return to classes.

Julie Smith, for Crowland Hub, said: "At our AGM (annual general meeting) we discussed the fact that we are in the happy position of holding a decent sum of money in our accounts, mainly thanks to Togs 'n' Cloggs, our fundraising shop we run in South Street.

Gracie and Fiel, pupils at South View Community Primary School in Crowland try out the new netbooks that have been donated by Crowland Community Hub.
Gracie and Fiel, pupils at South View Community Primary School in Crowland try out the new netbooks that have been donated by Crowland Community Hub.

"In this difficult time for schools and families we discussed ways we could help local families ensure they have the means to enable their children to engage with learning, in particular those who may be finding it difficult to finance the equipment needed for remote learning. We wanted to now put some of those funds to good use in the community in ways that are in line with our charity's objectives which are:

1. The advancement of education for the benefit of the public in Crowland and the surrounding areas by the provision of library services.

2. To further or benefit the residents of Crowland and the surrounding areas, without distinction of sex, sexual orientation, race or of political, religious or other opinions by associating together the said residents and the local authorities, voluntary and other organisations in a common effort to advance education and to provide facilities in the interests of social welfare for recreation and leisure time occupation with the objective of improving the conditions of life for the residents.

Gracie (10) and Fiel (9), two of the key worker children in Year 5 had some time on the new devices before they are sent out for home learners and were very impressed.

Gracie said: “The netbooks have a great range of apps, and are just our size. Thank you for gifting these to us.”

Fiel added: “Thank you for giving us the computers because they will help us learn.”

Head teacher Joanne Tomlins said: “This is an enormous act of generosity, for which we are extremely grateful. Over the course of the pandemic our school has reached out in every way we can to support our local community, and it’s wonderful that they are also there to provide support for our children in return.”

And Mrs Thompson, for remote learning support, added: "During lockdown I have been assisting staff and families with their computer problems. Some struggle with devices that are just not up to the task of running the home learning platforms, and some have no access to devices at all.

"This wonderful gift from the Crowland Community Hub is such a blessing in these uncertain times. They will allow the school to lend ten more families the devices they need to continue their education while at home. These netbooks are the perfect size for our children, especially our younger ones who struggle to use a full-size laptop."

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