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Light up the school!

4th October 2021

Students at St Mary’s College in Hull undertook a fundraising mission in the summer term to support the Kingston Junior Academy in Kenya with their quest to get their remaining classrooms hooked up to the main electric grid.

Embedded in the school’s International Week celebrations, students, staff and families managed to raise a magnificent total of £1,574.58 which was then matched with a further £1000 from Barclays Bank.

The £2500 will enable the school to connect electricity which is now a reality thanks to the St Mary’s donations. By connecting electricity to the KJA school, greater opportunities will open up to their pupils to introduce the internet and computing across the school. Online learning will have a huge impact on the students and staff there and provide a whole new experience for them.

Trevor Roberts, local Yorkshire supporter of the Academy wrote to the school after the fundraiser, “I just wanted to write and express my gratitude for the fantastic fund raising that St Mary’s school has recently completed for our school In Kenya. Please can you pass on our thanks to all staff, pupils and parents, who supported your international week events. It has been great working with Mr Berry, so I would especially like to express my gratitude to him. His enthusiasm for the project, from the first day we spoke, has been immense. These funds will have a huge impact at our school ‘Kingston Junior Academy’. Over the next few months I look forward to updating you on how the funds are spent, and what a tremendous difference they will make to our pupils. Covid is still causing problems in Kenya but I look forward to providing update as soon as I can visit along with photos and my regular newsletters. Fantastic fundraising, like this, truly ensures the sustainability of our school, so on behalf of our Head Teacher, Mr Samuel, and all our pupils and staff, I wish to say a huge ‘Thank You’. “

St Mary’s College will work in the new academic year to find continued ways of supporting the Kingston Junior Academy as part of their commitment to supporting God’s global community.