The links formed by Roman Way Lodge with local schools in Milton Keynes have benefitted Merebrook Infant School with the award of £1000 to establish a ‘Forest Schools’ initiative.
Graham Mitchell from the Lodge worked closely with Merebrook’s Head Teacher, Tracy Hurwood to establish the project. Roman Way’s Secretary, Mick Hull, approached the BMCF for support for the scheme which has provided clothing and equipment to allow the project to go ahead.
The ‘Forest Schools’ initiative aims to build confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in the school, outdoors and in the natural environment. Merebrook has 128 students between 4 and 7 years of age amongst whom there is a high percentage of disadvantaged and looked after children. The award will ensure that all children will be able to benefit from the initiative.
Headteacher Tracey Hurwood commented, “This is a very generous donation from Bucks Freemasons and will make such a difference to the children. We are all extremely grateful.”
Photograph shows, from L to R:
Executive Headteacher – Mrs Soheila Mathison
Jo Beckett – step Daughter of Graham Mitchell
Graham Mitchell from Roman Way Lodge
Forest School Lead – Mrs Carol Lawson
Teaching Assistant – Lisa Randall
Head of School – Miss Tracy Hurwood
Together with some of the children