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Witham pupils take to the stage thanks to power rangers

Pupils at a Witham school have taken to the stage thanks to hard work by volunteer ’power rangers’.

From News & press - 22 June 2021 12:00 AM

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The team from UK Power Networks used the company’s volunteering scheme to build a large outdoor stage for older pupils at Elm Hall Primary School, plus a small outdoor stage and Wendy house for the Reception class. The school’s headteacher said they owed: “A massive thank you to the team and UK Power Networks for continuing to develop and provide our school with such valuable amenities.”

Donate a Day gives the company’s 6,000 staff two paid days each year to volunteer in their local communities. The Logistics, Technical and Service development team have been giving their time to the school for seven years. They were dubbed the UK Power Rangers by one of the children several years ago and the name has stuck.

Last year they built a sensory path, seating, bird boxes and a noughts and crosses game. Previously they have helped the school by planting trees, revamping the garden, building a bug hotel, redecorating classrooms and a number of repairs. The connection is through employee Dave Collis whose children went to the school and whose wife works there.

Elm Hall’s headteacher, Michael Wood, was full of praise and said: “The yearly visits, hard work and creativity of the team over the years has enriched the children’s play and provided the school with valuable resources.  Once again as soon as the team had finished work the children accessed the equipment putting them to full use.  The Wendy house lined with plumped cushions became an outdoor haven for reading, role play, and relax and chat.  The stages have brought out the children’s creative imagination at play as they perform to staff and friends. The outdoor stages will also be used for children to perform to parent/carers, class performance lessons and outdoor events.”  

Dave Collis said: “The stage was probably the largest thing we have built so far. But with great weather and a really strong team spirit, we ended up with a great result. As we are a Logistics team we have a lot of pallets available and while we normally sell these, we also use them to aid the school and build really good things for the children to use.”