Every book that forms part of an extensive library at one Ballymena playgroup can now be safely stored after it received £300 in additional support through Energia Group’s charitable Helping Hands scheme.
The storage means pupils attending Kenbaan Community Pre School can easily identify and access their preferred book and continue to enjoy being part of the ‘Get Ready to Learn Big Bedtime Read’ initiative. In addition, the Helping Hands donation has also been used to purchase more books for the Pre-School library.
First established in Kenbaan House back in 1985, but now operating on the grounds of Saint Brigid’s Primary School in Ballymena, Kenbaan Community Pre School is open to children aged 3 to 4 years.
The ‘Get Ready to Learn Big Bedtime Read’ programme supports staff working within preschool education settings and also helps to develop parents’ understanding of the benefits that come from reading to children. It also empowers them to create and sustain a learning environment that’s both positive and nurturing.
The funding was donated through Energia Group’s long-running Helping Hands scheme after company employee Louise Kennedy nominated the County Antrim playgroup on the town’s Broughshane Road.
“It is great that Energia Group are able to support the local community,” said Louise. “I know that this grant will be a huge help to the nursery and ultimately to the kids because in the current cost of living crisis – and the many funding cuts – every single penny is welcome,” she added.
Kenbaan Pre School leader Karen Scollay said: “I would like to thank Energia Group for their generous donation to Kenbaan Community Pre School. The money is making such a positive difference for us, and we are all extremely grateful.”
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