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Welsh builders’ merchants donate to local school’s outdoor play area

Cross Ash Primary School, near Abergavenny in South Wales, have finished revamping the outdoor play area deemed “almost unusable”, with thanks to Robert Price Builders’ Merchants.

With outdoor play being a vital part of the school’s curriculum, Cross Ash teachers were disappointed to see the pupils’ outdoor learning dome become almost unusable due to mud caused by bad weather and an overall increase in use.

The COVID-19 pandemic saw the school relying more heavily on its outdoor learning dome, due to the added restrictions in place regarding pupil bubbles and the challenges of keeping pupils apart.

Action was needed to restore the outdoor learning space, so, Gemma Williams, a teacher at Cross Ash Primary and a mother to pupils at the school, volunteered her and her husband’s time to improve the area, giving children even more opportunities to learn through play.

South Wales Builders’ Merchants, Robert Price, were delighted to be a part of the project, donating golden flint chippings to cover the muddy ground.

“We were thrilled to support with the completion of Cross Ash Primary’s outdoor area,” said Molly Pike, Marketing Director at Robert Price.

“We look forward to seeing how it continues to help students thrive in the years to come!”

Gemma Williams, Teacher from Cross Ash Primary School, is also overjoyed with the results:

“We have been completely overwhelmed by the community effort that has gone into revamping our outdoor play area. The school doesn’t receive much funding, so we really do rely on the wonderful support of our local community and businesses,” she said.

“Outdoor learning is a big part of our focus at Cross Ash Primary, and this newly refurbished outside space will have such fantastic benefits for the children, giving them even more opportunities to learn through play in the open air.

“And of course, a big thank you to Robert Price!”

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