Students from Stocklake Park Special School welcomed some visitors to their assembly after a colouring competition.
North Midland Construction, the contractors carrying out the works near the school, organised the competition for the students and attended the school’s assembly to present the prizes.
They also brought a digger and a Minion Vespa moped for the students to see.
The company ran the colouring competition for all students and planned to award prizes and certificates to the best entries, however the construction team was so bowled over by the students’ entries they couldn’t pick winners and instead presented a prize and certificate to every student.
The construction workers all contributed they own money to raise £100 and bought the prizes which included chocolate eggs, fluffy toys, colouring books and Minions mugs.
Head of school Gill Mullis said: “I was bowled over when I realised that everyone would receive a prize. Stocklake Park students have a range of learning disabilities and the North Midland team ensured everyone received a suitable prize.
“Tony Coombs was one of several North Midland Construction workers who attended the assembly.
He spoke to the students and explained how privileged and humbled he felt to be involved with such a special group of young people. It was incredibly emotional with several parents being moved to tears.
“Community links are a major focus for Stocklake Park, so we are delighted to have formed this relationship with North Midland Construction. The company are using part of our school field as vehicle storage and a site office, it is a pleasure to have them as they are incredibly considerate and friendly and are always ready to give the students a wave and thumbs up.”
Alex Spencer, Contracts Manager for North Midland Construction added: “We have been working near Stocklake Park School for around 10 weeks now. We have met with the school on a number of occasions, and formed an excellent relationship with the staff and students. The school has been very helpful in sharing their facilities with us and allowing us to use their land for our site offices.
“The submissions for the colouring competition were fantastic! Each and every student put in so much effort that we decided to award everyone a prize. During the assembly, we were treated to chocolate eggs and hot cross buns.
“We realise that construction work can cause some inconvenience to local stakeholders, so forming relationships like these is important. We also want to arrange a fund-raising event later in the year, so that the school can treat themselves to something special once we have finished the works.”