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Cash Bonanza For Kent Education

Education in Kent has been given a £10,000 cash bonanza. Grants worth up to £500 each have been distributed to more than 30 schools, colleges, organisations and individuals for projects ranging from a childrens sensory garden and art gallery to conservation work in Africa.

The grants were presented by the Kempe Library Foundation, an independent charity promoting educational opportunities across the county. The Foundation was established in 1998 to mark the opening of the new learning resources centre at Imperial College at Wye.

Among this years award-winners from Ashford were Beaver Green Infants School, which received £300 towards updating its library, Bybrook Junior School, given £300 for computer software and Hopewell School which received £300 to help improve reading standards of reading among boys aged 7-11. Oak Tree Primary School received £300 towards classroom extensions, while Willesborough Infant School was given £300 towards the creation of an art gallery. Christchurch School received £300 for its Ski Club and Highworth Grammar School for Girls was awarded £300 to fund a visiting poet or author.

In villages nearby, Challock Primary School was awarded £300 towards a new library, while St Marys Primary School, Chilham, received £300 for play equipment for a new reception classroom. Bethersden Primary School was awarded £300 to help create an under-fives playground and Brabourne Primary School was awarded £300 to update science equipment. Charing Primary School was given £300 to help create a sensory path for staff and pupils, while Charing library was given £300 for additional material for readers with visual impairment. Wye Under Fives Pre-School group was awarded £400 towards its new sensory garden and Wye library received £190 to improve disabled and pram access.

Presenting the awards, Kempe Library Foundation Director, Professor Tim Clark said: "We are thrilled that, once again, the Foundation has been able to support so many diverse and interesting educational projects, some of which may not have been possible without our financial support."

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