Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS - By DEB­O­RAH COLE­MAN

THE St John’s SNS ‘Space to Play’ fundrais­ing cam­paign has smashed its year one tar­get in un­der six months.

The Arklow school is aim­ing to raise €100,000 in three years (€35,000 per year) and then present its con­tri­bu­tion to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion to­wards the €300,000 build­ing project.

Since the school’s amal­ga­ma­tion in 2016, the PE hall is no longer fit for pur­pose and it can­not hold the en­tire stu­dent body there at one time for health and safety rea­sons.

The ‘ Space to Play’ cam­paign aims to give the chil­dren their much-needed drama space, mu­sic space and PE space.

The Par­ents’ As­so­ci­a­tion was in­stru­men­tal in the school reach­ing this year one tar­get, hav­ing run many events, in­clud­ing a band night in the Arklow Bay Ho­tel, and the school is most grate­ful to the tal­ented lo­cal bands who do­nated their time and tal­ent to this fundraiser.

The teach­ers and staff have also been doing their bit hav­ing com­pleted the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon – or the ‘Space Race’ as they re­named it – to raise funds. The St John’s stu­dents are the project’s great­est am­bas­sadors, de­liv­er­ing pas­sion­ate speeches on live so­cial me­dia broad­casts and pro­mot­ing ‘Space to Play’ in their com­mu­nity.

The school is most grate­ful to the ever ex­pand­ing port­fo­lio of space friends, which in­cludes lo­cal busi­nesses which have do­nated a sum of money to the cause. This has helped the cam­paign reach it’s first year tar­get so quickly. New space friends are al­ways wel­come and the school of­fers an at­trac­tive pro­mo­tional pack­age in re­turn.

Emer and Pat are con­tactable via Face­book at ‘Space to Play Cam­paign’ and would love to hear from any prospec­tive space friends.

Pupils at St John’s cel­e­brate reach­ing the Space to Play tar­get for this year.

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