Volunteers help create school outdoor learning area

The 3M volunteers at Salesbury Primary School. (s)
The 3M volunteers at Salesbury Primary School. (s)

A team of 13 volunteers from the 3M Clitheroe manufacturing site swapped their day jobs for several hours of hard labour working on behalf of young pupils at Salesbury Primary School.

Their efforts helped transform an open space in the school grounds into an outdoor learning area complete with mud kitchen, a den, stage area and water area for the children to use.

3M volunteers Ian Blenkinsop, Steven Turnbull and  Mohammed Munshi by the new Wendy house. (s)

3M volunteers Ian Blenkinsop, Steven Turnbull and Mohammed Munshi by the new Wendy house. (s)

“We were absolutely delighted when 3M approached us and offered to spend the day with us. It could not have been more timely,” said Mrs Ruth Reeve, the school’s head of Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Class One teacher.

“We had made plans to develop our outdoor space into a learning space. With lots of ideas but little time – so this was a perfect answer.

“The team really maximised their time, worked incredibly hard and achieved so much which will be appreciated for years to come. They really have made such a difference to our school community and we are most grateful.”

The 3M site at Upbrooks in Clitheroe develops and manufactures valves and components for asthmas inhalers. Its 3Mgives volunteering programme allows every employee to spend a day each year working for the community on company time.

The site’s admin executive Kerry Walton co-ordinated the day and was among the volunteers.

She commented: “We were very pleased to be able to help. Everyone had a real sense of achievement in getting all the work done within the day and we hope the children will enjoy their new learning area.”

The 3M volunteers at Salesbury Primary School. (s)

3M volunteers Ian Blenkinsop, Steven Turnbull and Mohammed Munshi by the new Wendy house. (s)