03:05AM, Sunday 23 March 2014
Time is running out to collect Cash for Schools tokens and win a share of £20,000 that will benefit pupils across the area.
The latest was prined in Thursday's Advertiser and the final token will be published in next week's newspaper.
The Cash for Schools initiative will see £20,000 donated by the Louis Baylis(Maidenhead Advertiser) Charitable Trust, which owns the Advertiser, shared between participating state schools across East Berkshire.
Tokens are being printed in the Maidenhead, Twyford and Burnham editions of the Advertiser. The final token will be printed on March 27.
Each registered school which collects a minimum of just two tokens per pupil will guarantee themselves a slice of the cash.
Helen McHale, headteacher at Maidenhead Nursery School in School Lane, Maidenhead, said: "We are working hard to collect tokens to help improve the outdoor area at the front of the nursery.
"We hope to raise enough tokens to improve the sheltered area to enable the children to engage in a greater range of outdoor activities in all weather."
She added: "We used the money we were awarded last year to contribute to outdoor percussion instruments for our sensory garden. The children love exploring the different sounds they can make."
Last year participating schools received between £207 and £2,000 according to a ratio of how many tokens they collected per pupil.
The 2014 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.
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.
Since it began in 2006 Cash For Schools has pumped £160,000 into the area’s schools.
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