Give school your vote for eco and economic reasons

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Riverside School could soon get a new lease of life after being shortlisted for a brand new award which could make the building fit for the future.

With a more than a hundred years at the heart of Hebden Bridge behind it, the Victorian school will look to the future if successful in the new Marks and Spencer Community Energy Fund, which could give the school £12,500 to buy solar panels.

Funding will go only to groups who can show a high level of community support – as measured by votes received via the official M&S Energy Fund Website www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28333/

John Haisine, chair of Riverside Governors, said: “Voting for this project will bring 8,000 kwh of clean, free energy into the school every year. It will cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 4400 kilos a year. And it will provide the school with savings and an ongoing income. This will all support first class teaching facilities and offer the best possible educational experience to local children.”

The school has until September 30 to gather support and is asking all in the local community to get behind it and vote for Riverside.

Ellie Tweed, a Year 5 Pupil, puts it in simple terms: “Solar panels turn daylight into electricity and will help teach us about climate change - please vote for our school.”

It is free to cast a vote – you just have to go to the M&S Energy Fund website www.mandsenergyfund.com/project/28333/ and submit your email address to create an account.

The two minutes you spend on this could save this school £2,000 a year, said Mr Haisine.