Lottery awards for schools

MSP Jackie Baillie has welcomed the announcement that two schools and one early education centre in her Dumbarton constituency have received cash from the National Lottery Awards for All fund.

Parklands School, in Helensburgh, – which was threatened with closure by Argyll and Bute Council two years ago – will receive £10,000 to develop a play area in its grounds for children, with an orbit roundabout, wooden musical panel and a ground level built-in trampoline, with a wide range of additional support needs.

Parklands, on Charlotte Street, caters for pupils aged from five to 19 with moderate, severe and profound learning difficulties.

St Kessog’s Primary School, in Balloch, has been awarded £6,569 to create an outdoor learning and imaginative play area. The school’s plans include an outdoor learning classroom, a wooden fort and planter boxes.

And West Dunbartonshire Council’s Andrew B Cameron Early Education & Childcare Centre, in Dumbarton, has been given £10,000 to develop its outdoor play area into an adventure playspace.

Jackie said: “I am delighted that two local schools and a Dumbarton-based nursery have been selected to receive these cash awards.

“This funding will improve the outdoor facilities for young children in each of these establishments, encouraging pupils to become more engaged through physical activity in a social environment.

“It is great to see St Kessog’s, Parklands and Andrew B Cameron Early Education and Childcare Centre get the assistance they need to help make their outdoor play areas even better.”

Awards for All Scotland is supported by the Creative Scotland, Sportscotland and the Big Lottery Fund.

It awards grants of between £500 and £10,000 for people to take part in art, sport, heritage and community activities, and projects that promote education, the environment and health in the local community.