Pupils, staff and parents of a school in Crigglestone are celebrating after fundraising and local support has saved their school crossing patrol.
The Dane Royd school, recently awarded outstanding by OFSTED, has around 350 pupils, many of whom walk to school and almost all who benefit from the crossing patrol at the beginning and end of the school day.
Following the removal of district council funding for the service, the school’s Parent Teacher Association – a newly formed group to raise funds to offer pupils and parents in the wider Wakefield community the best opportunities possible – embarked on a series of initiatives to raise the annual £2,500 needed to keep what they regard as a ‘vital service’.
Among the many supporters was developer Linden Homes West Yorkshire, who pledged a donation to the cause, as the school is located close to its Kings Glade development at Newmillerdam – which is in catchment area.
PTA chair Kerry Jefferson said: “We are located on a busy road, with many of the pupils walking to school. The safety of all the children is paramount.
“With the generous help from Linden Homes we've just reached our target of £2,500 for this financial year and have started looking at ways to raise the same amount to cover the cost for the next academic year which starts in September. Our fundraising will begin again in April.”
Sales director Gina Holmes said: “As this is such an important service for the many families who live in the area, the school crossing patrol provides a high element of safety and peace of mind not only for the many children walking to and from school, but for their parents. We are delighted to that the target has now been reached.”
The PTA raised the funds through a series of activities including funds raised from the Christmas Fayre and the sale of refreshments and programmes at four Christmas productions, as well as a Christmas Raffle.
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