A group of 30 willing volunteers from E.ON’s Westwood Business Park HQ recently spent a day transforming the grounds at Ernesford Grange Community School in Coventry.
The school was built on a medieval site and a historic moat area, green and rich in wildlife, remains in the grounds which the volunteers were tasked to transform into an educational learning area.
The team also built a poly tunnel to help the children learn how to grow plants and vegetables in a greenhouse environment; they gave new life to the fence with fresh coats of paint and created a flowerbed in the design of the school logo to brighten up the grounds.
Stephen Davies, who led the challenge said: “The team had a great day at Ernesford Grange. We all felt a real sense of achievement working on some quite challenging tasks and, although we were all very tired by the end of the day, it was incredibly rewarding.”
Helen Noble, Deputy Head Teacher at Ernesford Grange Community School, said: “This was a mammoth task which we would never have had time to do ourselves. The E.ON team worked really hard and stayed beyond the time they were supposed to so that they could get the job finished.
“We have terrific school grounds and now we will be able to make the most of this area. This support from E.ON has been a real boost to the morale of the school and the volunteers were a pleasure to work with.”
E.ON finds volunteering opportunities for employees across the UK, working with schools, older people and other vulnerable groups as part of its wider community relations programme. In 2009, E.ON employees spent over 8,000 hours volunteering in their local communities.