Stepping stones for St Thomas
Published by Jack Williams for Kier Services in Local Government and also in Communities
St Thomas pupils enjoy their stepping stones courtesy of Kier
St Thomas Primary School in Boston now boasts a new and improved outdoor playing area thanks to local repairs and maintenance contractor Kier.
The school enjoys a range of outdoor play and learning areas such as a gazebo and a sand pit separated by grass, but the grass made it difficult to use the outdoor areas in wet weather. St Thomas approached the Kier team to see if they could help, and they happily provided two willing workers for two days of improvement work.
Kier employees Derek Smith and Brian Roberts dug and cemented over 50 stepping stones – placing them in a way that that makes the grass easy to cut - and the children can now safely step across the grass all year round, whatever the weather.
Kier senior operations manager, Pat Mollart, said: ”Kier is always mindful of the need to make a positive difference to the places where we live and work, and our employees at all levels show genuine enthusiasm towards our commitment to corporate responsibility. This is through a range of voluntary support and activity including fundraising, donating goods to help homeless people at Centrepoint Outreach, offering work placements to young people for Barnado’s through The Kier Foundation, and providing volunteers to help landscape the garden area at the Butterfly Hospice Trust. This commitment was recognised recently by a Platinum Corporate Responsibility Award for Kier Group from Business in the Community.
“The project with St Thomas has allowed us to help our community in a small way, making a big difference to the daily lives of the pupils.”
Outdoor learning for young children has a positive impact on their development by providing opportunities to experience wider freedom and different seasons, explore senses, be more physically active and learn in a different and more vibrant way.