Airbus volunteers pop in to help Saltney Ferry school

Published date: 23 May 2014 |
Published by: David Humphreys
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A PRIMARY school has been given a makeover with the help of volunteers from a nearby company.

Saltney Ferry Primary School’s office and reception areas are now looking better than ever thanks to the help of a team from the Airbus plant in Broughton.

A 33-strong squad of volunteers, including 14 apprentices, made the short journey to Saltney Ferry Primary School and brought rollers and paint with them to improve the entrances.

Kim Shallcross, of Saltney, and Michelle Ellis, of Penyffordd, are both Airbus employees and have been at the school during the past year participating in the ‘Airbus Right to Read’ scheme, which gives extra help to children to develop their reading skills.

While on the reading programme the pair noticed the reception areas could do with a lick of paint.

Michelle said: “It was quite a big task, but with 33 of us on it, we completed the job in around five hours, which was a good turnaround.

“Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day. It was a fantastic turnout and we have hopefully made a big difference to one of our local schools.”

Saltney Ferry Primary School acting headteacher Charlotte Luke said the school was delighted the volunteers were able to come and help.

She said: “The school has already developed a strong working relationship with Airbus through their ‘Right to Read’ programme.

“This has had a big impact on the pupils’ attitude to reading and we are pleased that our partnership continues.

“It was lovely to see so many people willing to give up their own time to support the school.

“The painting of the reception areas has made the school look brighter and more welcoming with parents and visitors commenting on the fresh new look.

“All the staff and governors are extremely grateful to everyone involved.”

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