Community Dividend Fund helps Rosliston school to buy books

Generous food shoppers in Rosliston have raised nearly £700 for a major upgrade of a school library.

Hundreds of customers at the village’s Co-op convenience store donated the dividends they had earned on their purchases to support Rosliston Primary School.

Headteacher Lucy Mitchell said the school would be able to bring in a large influx of new books to benefit all 76 children at the school, aged four to 11.

She was especially grateful for the money as it has come at a time when the children are trying to get back to a normal routine following the pandemic.

Rosliston Co-op Community Dividend Fund presentation with pupils holding books and cheering

Dan Bond, senior supervisor at Tamworth Co-op’s Rosliston convenience store, is pictured handing over a cheque for £683 to pupils at the village primary school.

“The children have experienced a disruption to their education, the like of which we have never seen before.

“Remote learning was extremely challenging for many families. We can’t praise our children and their parents highly enough for how well they managed. Now that we are all back in school together, we want to be able to resume giving the children the best education we can – and this includes providing quality reading books for them to cherish and enjoy.

“Some of the titles in our library are looking very well loved now! We will be putting this money towards improving the selection of books that the children have to share and enjoy.”

The store is owned by Tamworth Co-operative Society and the money has come from its Community Dividend Fund. Each store has been linked with a different school to support.

“This is an excellent scheme to help local community organisations,” added Mrs Mitchell.

“School budgets are already under pressure, and this has been further challenged as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. We are extremely grateful to the Tamworth Co-op and the shoppers in Rosliston for their generosity. It’s wonderful that our children have benefited directly from their grocery purchases.”

The school was built in1882 and its mission is ‘to provide learning without limits in a happy, safe and secure environment, supported by Christian values.’

Dan Bond, senior supervisor at the Rosliston Co-op store, visited the school to hand over the cheque for £683.

“It’s a big privilege to be able to do this. It’s wonderful that our customers have raised so much money to benefit the children who have been through such a lot recently.”