12:22PM, Thursday 24 January 2013
Today marks the return of the Advertiser's popular Cash for Schools scheme.
The chance to win a share of £20,000 is up for grabs for state schools from across east Berkshire through a simple 'token collect' scheme.
Tokens will be printed each week in the Maidenhead, Windsor, Twyford and Burnham editions of the Advertiser, for 10 weeks from today until March 28.
Each school that registers will aim to collect as many tokens as possible, with a minimum of just two tokens per pupil enough to guarantee participating schools a share of the cash.
Last year Dropmore Primary School in Burnham received the first prize of £2,000.
Larchfield Primary School in Maidenhead received £1,500 and has plans in the pipeline for how it hopes to spend the money.
Office manager Shellie Clark said: "We're going to be purchasing a new stage and lighting for our hall so we can put on bigger and better productions." The school in Bargeman Road is hoping to win some more cash through this year's scheme which could also be put towards the project, and has a Cash For Schools display up in reception to promote it.
Another 29 schools received between £259 and £1,489 according to the ratio of how many tokens they collected per pupil.
The 2013 scheme will again have a top prize of £2,000 and a runner-up prize of £1,500, leaving a £16,500 prize fund to be split between the remaining participating schools according to how many tokens per pupil they have collected.
The scheme is open to all state nursery, infant, junior, first, primary, middle and secondary schools in the news area covered by the Advertiser series.
The prize money is donated by the Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, which owns the Advertiser.
Schools can use the money for any capital expenditure they want: new computers, sports equipment or books - or they can put it towards a bigger long-term project.
Since it began in 2006 Cash For Schools has pumped £140,000 into our schools helping to fund a huge array of projects to help with children’s education.
The following 45 schools are taking part in the scheme:
Alwyn Infant School, Boyne Hill CE Infant and Nursery School, Braywood CE First School, Burchetts Green CE Infant School, Burford School, Charvil Pre-School, Colleton Primary School, Crazies Hill CE Primary School, Claytons School, Clewer Green CE (Aided) First School, Cookham Dean Primary School, Cookham Rise Primary School, Cookham Nursery School, Courthouse Junior School, Cox Green School, Dorney School, Dropmore Infant School, Ellington Primary School, Foxes Piece School, Furze Platt Junior School, Holy Trinity CE Primary School (Cookham), Holyport CE Primary School and Foundation Unit, Knowl Hill CE Primary School, Larchfield Primary School, Lowbrook Academy, Manor Green School, Maidenhead Nursery School, Oldfield Primary School, Polehampton CE Infant School, Polehampton CE Junior School, Priory School, Robert Piggott Junior School, Spinfield School, St Paul’s CE Combined School, Sonning CE Primary School, St Edmund Campion Primary School, St Luke’s CE Primary School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, The Lawns Nursery School, Trinity St Stephen CE Aided First School, The Queen Anne Royal Free School, Waltham St Lawrence Primary School, Wessex Primary School, White Waltham CE Academy, Woodlands Park Primary and Nursery School.
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