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Bug hotel now open for bookings at Kesgrave school

Volunteers from the country’s biggest electricity company went back to school to help spruce up areas inside and out for the youngest pupils there to enjoy.

From Press releases - 25 October 2017 12:00 AM

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Employees from UK Power Networks’ office at Fore Hamlet and in Bury St Edmunds spent a day at Cedarwood Primary School in Kesgrave.

A total of nine staff volunteered for the day in support of the school, focusing their efforts on decorating and gardening in areas used by pupils in Reception and Year One.

Louise Ragosta, an HR Operations Manager for UK Power Networks, said: “We spent the day painting, gardening and built a bug hotel for the foundation years which hopefully will be a big hit with children keen to learn about insects.

“One member of our team has a child at the school so that gave it a bit of personal significance to us and we all worked hard. We were given a list of jobs to do and had completed it by lunchtime so we had to ask for more.

“It was great to unite as a team and complete these tasks for the school and its pupils. As a company we do a lot to educate schoolchildren about the dangers of electricity and it was pleasing to be able to supplement that work with something a bit different.”

Tina Shute, head teacher of Cedarwood Primary school in Kesgrave, said: “The staff, governors and pupils at Cedarwood are so grateful to the team from UK Power Networks who have given our school a wonderful makeover.

“We are currently developing a number of areas in the school grounds, including creating a Forest School and without their help we would have taken much longer to achieve the results.

“Their work has brightened up the outdoor learning environments and the children have been thrilled with the bug hotel and the many guests staying there!”
UK Power Networks, which delivers the East of England’s electricity supplies, gives staff two days paid leave each year to volunteer or fund raise in their local community. Last year staff gave over 2,700 hours to good causes in their communities through the company’s volunteering scheme.