New chapter for Hampshire school as it wins national award

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A Hampshire junior school has secured £5,000 to buy books for its new library after winning a national award.

Alverstoke Junior School was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The annual awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

Last summer, Alverstoke completely renovated its library to make it more of a modern space for children of all ages to enjoy.

However, after completing the project, the team at the school recognised that the existing books were old and looked dated in comparison to their new surroundings – and entered the Foundation Community Awards.

The funding will allow the school to buy a range of new books, and invest in its reading scheme, which encourages students to read for enjoyment and not just as part of the national curriculum.

Alverstoke Junior School was nominated for a Foundation Community Award by Joanne Shepherd, a OneFamily customer whose eldest child is a pupil at the school. It was one of 41 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.

Joanne said:

“The school’s teaching staff has invested so much time in getting the children to love reading, and it really shows. Students are going to the library now because they want to, rather than because they’ve been told to.

“With this funding, teachers can buy even more books for the children to enjoy. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us to win the award.”

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“Reading’s a hobby that everyone can enjoy. For children in particular, it can open a world of opportunities and we’re proud to be able to support such a worthwhile project.

“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.

“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch in the autumn and we’d encourage our Hampshire-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”

Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most.  In 2016, 100,000 people directly benefited from Foundation Community Awards.

Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/