A campaign by the Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles has raised a staggering £42,881 to fund laptops for local children to assist them with their home learning during lockdown. This has enabled 200 laptops to be purchased and distributed to primary schools throughout the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST).
Dave Pearson, Joint President of the Rotary Club said, “The Rotary Club of Sherborne Castles started the appeal in the hope that we could raise a small amount of money to purchase laptops for some of the many primary school children in the local area who were unable to access online learning. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of individuals as well as local trust funds who have donated to this cause and raised nearly £43,000. Our Rotary Club would like to thank everyone who has supported this appeal, which has enabled all the disadvantaged children in the thirteen SAST primary schools to now engage with the schools’ provision for learning at home.”
Ian Bartle, Headteacher of Sherborne Primary School, one of the schools receiving new laptops said “I cannot begin to thank the Sherborne Rotary Club and the immense generosity of our community for kindly providing our most disadvantaged pupils with the essential tools required to access education and learning during this pandemic and partial school closure. I wish I could share with you the joy and gratitude of our families, when they receive their donated device and the difference it will make to their child’s learning. From a school’s viewpoint, the large rise in active engagement with online learning has been great to see. Our town has really put its children at its heart”.
As children return to schools in March many laptops will remain with the children to support them with their learning and catching up with their peers. Devices in school will help with digital lessons, enabling students to master technology skills they will need in the future.