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Doncaster's Heatherwood School Brings Christmas Cheer to Eaton Office

Dec 12, 2013

Pupils at local coeducational community special day school, Heatherwood School, have been busy making Christmas bauble decorations for Doncaster-based Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business to decorate their office Christmas tree.

The school, which caters for young people aged between three to 19 years of age who have severe learning difficulties and additional physical and/or medical needs, has a close link with Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business due to the company’s community outreach programme.

Eaton employees have been volunteering their time to read with the children or share any relevant skills they have. Last Friday, Eaton also held a ‘Wear a Festive Jumper to Work’ day, raising over £500, which the company then matched, donating a grand total of £1,000 to Heatherwood School.

As part of the programme, the company has also conducted an energy audit of the school, focussing on specific areas such as classrooms and the indoor swimming pool compound that require a better lighting environment. Eaton is working with the school to develop an improved lighting scheme that will provide brighter classrooms and introduces coloured lights in play areas, while also saving the school energy and reducing maintenance.

“We are so excited to be working in partnership with Eaton’s Cooper Lighting and Safety business as part of their community outreach programme,” said Head Teacher of Heatherwood School, Lisa Suter. “We are always looking to create more opportunities to extend our pupils' learning experiences.  Our children deserve the very best we can provide for them and our aim is to ensure they achieve their full potential. I really believe that Eaton’s initiative is contributing towards improving the life chances of our young people”.

Leading the community outreach initiative for Eaton’s Cooper and Lighting business, Human Resources Director, Layla Young said: “When considering our goals in developing this programme, it was really important that we were able to make a difference in our community by utilising the expertise, skills and time of our employees. We are also thrilled to be able to use our technical knowledge to support Heatherwood School with their lighting as research has shown that a well-lit learning environment can make such a huge difference to pupils’ educational performance. We are looking forward to working with Heatherwood’s teachers and pupils in the New Year to further strengthen the friendships we have started in 2013”.