A wheely great prize for school

Pupils are on a roll af­ter on­line vote

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

School pupils in Cam­bus­lang were rolling away with de­light af­ter tri­umph­ing in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion to win five mi­cro scoot­ers for their play­ground.

The chair of the par­ent coun­cil at James Ai­ton Pri­mary, Jen Scott, en­tered the con­test straight away af­ter spot­ting it on­line.

With the use of a time- based Face­book vot­ing app, it re­quired site users to vote stars one to five for the school, which they could do ev­ery 24 hours.

In or­der to climb to the top of a leader­board, which in­cluded hun­dreds of schools in the UK, pupils of James Ai­ton had to get friends and fam­ily to vote ev­ery day.

They also used the school’s Face­book page and the Twit­ter ac­count to ask par­ents to vote and share the com­pe­ti­tion.

Jen said: “Mi­cro scoot­ers have al­ways been a big hit in our house, so when I spot­ted a Face­book com­pe­ti­tion to win scoot­ers for the school, I en­tered us straight away.

“The par­ents and friends of the school were ab­so­lutely amaz­ing and got right be­hind us, vot­ing ev­ery day and then shar­ing the com­pe­ti­tion so that all their Face­book friends would vote too. “The sup­port was un­be­liev­able. “We even had friends of friends shar­ing on our be­half.

“We shared on com­mu­nity Face­book pages too – and the whole of Cam­bus­lang got right be­hind us as we climbed into fourth place.”

Jen con­tin­ued: “In the last week or so we re­alised that we’d never catch sec­ond place as they were thou­sands of points ahead, but the chance of third was in sight.

“There was a huge push from ev­ery­one and by the last day, we were 800 points ahead.

“We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to come third with five scoot­ers, a prize worth £500.”

The scoot­ers will be used to keep the kids fit and add a new el­e­ment of fun to multi use game area (MUGA) time, PE and Golden Time.

Jen added: “There were hun­dreds of UK schools in the run­ning, so to come third was ex­cep­tional.

“On be­half of all the chil­dren, I’d like to ex­tend a huge thank you to ev­ery­one who took the time to get be­hind our wee school and voted and shared ev­ery day.

“You really have made a dif­fer­ence to our bril­liant lit­tle school.”

We are ab­so­lutely thrilled to come third

Play­ground fun Young­sters take a turn on the new mi­cro scoot­ers

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