Pupils from Caherline NS have launched a fundraiser to help buy the land
DUE TO the generosity of a farming family, Caherline NS has a once in a lifetime opportunity to expand.
To raise the €20,000 to buy neighbouring land by June they have launched a fundraiser called Help us Pave the Way.
Michael McCarthy, principal, said they are appealing to past, current and future families, former pupils, local community, and people living near and far away to support them in this endeavour.
“This is a one off opportunity, which came about thanks to the generosity of a local farming family, who are willing to sell land to the school for a most reasonable price. This family have described how they would be proud in the knowledge that future generations of our pupils would benefit from the purchase of this land. On behalf of Caherline NS and our community I would like to sincerely thank them for their generosity,” said Mr McCarthy.
People can literally be a part of the school and its future by purchasing a brick.
“This brick will be inscribed with their name, family name or a particular message. These bricks will form part of a footpath in the school that will be displayed for generations to come.
“The cost of an engraved brick is €100 or €180 for a double brick. If people wish, they can pay part of the donation now and the remainder at a later date. We also acknowledge that not everyone is in a position to pay for a brick, and we would greatly accept whatever support you may be able to afford,” said Mr McCarthy.
He describes the education institution he heads up as an “all inclusive school”.
“The recent opening of our autism unit means that for the first time in our history, our school can be attended by all primary school pupils, without exception. This is something that each and every one of us in our community can be most proud of. The opening of the autism unit has been a huge source of relief and support for many families. I want to sincerely thank you all for your support to date, without your support this would not have been achieved,” said Mr McCarthy.
If they can purchase the extra land there are plans for a mainstream classroom, pitch, garden, expanded car-park, improved sewerage system and more.
“We have been presented with an opportunity that would see our school’s facilities greatly enhanced and of wonderful benefit to many girls and boys and their families into the future,” said Mr McCarthy.
Donations can be made by visiting the school or on the website www.gofundme.com/caherlinens