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PTA boosts school's coffers by £13,000

New books for the school library, upgraded computers and improved playground facilities are just some of the items paid for by the voluntary fund raising activities of Brookmans Park PTA.

The group's activities throughout the year have enabled the local primary school to fund five key projects that would not have been able to be provided through local authority funds.

Hundreds of books in the school library have been replaced at a cost of £4,000, the junior playground has been resurfaced for £4,000, nine computers have been upgraded for around £2,000, the outside toilets have been refurbished to the tune of £400, and a new trolley for PE equipment has been purchased.

The money was handed over to head teacher Peter Evans at the recent PTA meeting. And while Mr Evans is spending the cash more is flowing into the PTA coffers.

The jumble sale this year raised a record £3,400. According to jumble sale organiser Julie Cox the event was well supported in the run up to the event and on the day itself.

“The people who helped were dedicated and invaluable. This was our first year organising a jumble sale as a team and we were very pleased with the result,” she said.

Tickets are now on sale for the next PTA event, a fashion show on Friday May 11. It is sponsored by local hair salon Hollywood and tickets for the event, being held at the school, are £5 - which includes a glass of wine.

Organiser Sally Scott is aiming to sell 100 tickets – last year 120 were sold.

“It's a fun night out with spring and summer fashions from high street stores. Last year we raised £1,000 for the school and we would love to beat that record this time,” she said.

For those looking forward to future PTA events, a reminder that the annual Village Day is on June 16 and the Autumn Ball on October 19 at the Wyllyotts Centre in Potters Bar.

The PTA now has a new chairman in Lynda Farrow. Lynda has three boys at the school in Years 1 and 3 and has been on the PTA for two years. “I felt it was an important role and that there should be someone at the head,” she said.

“The biggest benefit from being on the committee is being able to help our children and I'm hoping we'll raise lots more money as well as seeing parents support us at our events.”

April 7, 2001

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