PTA - Friends of Leighton Academy
Friends of Leighton Academy is a parent led group that work with the school to organise events and raise funds for the children who attend the school and nursery. The profits raised through fundraising are ploughed back into the school, particularly for little treats and extras for our pupils. In recent years we have been able to fund:-
- Year 6 Leavers T-shirts
- Year 6 Leavers Autograph Books
- Year 6 Leavers Do Items
- Nursery Leavers Gifts
- Christmas Presents for all nursery children
- Christmas Discos for the whole school
- A Film Licence for the whole school
- Purchasing of Fair Stands
- A Slush Machine
- Christmas Craft Day
- Panto Online
- Sports Day Ice Lollies
- Rainy Day Games Sets
- Bingo Machine
- Stronger Together Prizes
HOW CAN YOU HELP ?
We are a small but very jolly team currently and are always after extra help and volunteers to help organise and run our events - feel free to contact us for more information. You can choose how little or how much time you give and there is a role to suit everyone big or small - even the odd hour makes a big difference!
If you can’t offer time, think about other ways you can help – Does your company do match funding? Do you know anywhere that might donate a raffle prize? Have you heard about any good community grants or initiatives we could apply for?
Let us know any good ideas or if there is something you think would work at Leighton.
Don’t be afraid to interact with us we can’t do it without you and we promise we won’t try to recruit you just by speaking to us :-)
Contact us directly by emailing us at this link - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please follow our Facebook page where we will be keeping you up to date with future information about anything we are planning or need help with and share it with other Leighton families. We love it when you interact with us so keep any comments and likes coming :-) Access our page via this direct link - Friends of Leighton Academy Facebook Page
Covid-19 has unfortunately meant that our usual fundraising events can't go ahead as many rely on getting everyone together. However, between March 2020 and Sep 2021 we found quite a few creative ways to raise funds by running non uniform days, raffles, 5p challenges, designing Christmas Cards, sunflower competition and implementing recycling schemes. Sadly, we aren't able to restart face to face events just yet but will continue to do what we can to run some virtual events as we have done previously.
We have several ongoing schemes that Leighton families can support us with. Your help is invaluable in assisting in taking part and spreading the word about as many of our ongoing schemes as possible.
Click on the name of the fundraiser below to go directly to their page for more information and to register.
Your School Lottery - A fun way for adults to have a flutter and a chance of winning the £25,000 jackpot, a small weekly cash prize linked to just the people playing our lottery and raise funds all in one go! Your School Lottery also regularly runs prize competitions with every player entered into a draw for extra great items - join now to be entered into their current offer, a draw to win a £250 Lego Voucher!
Easyfundraising - Raise donations for Leighton Academy whenever you shop online. Turn your everyday online shopping into FREE donations at NO extra cost
Amazon Smile - Shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and Amazon will donate to your charitable organisation, at no cost to you. Get started today - same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases.
My School Perks - is an innovative platform to raise funds for schools at the same time as parents are rewarded and is free to join. Access discounts, offers and freebies to save on your everyday shopping or shop via your usual sites with a simple click to earn cashback for FOLA. When registering the unique school code for Leighton Academy is:- SCHOOL5833
FOLA RECYCLING SCHEMES
Friends of Leighton have a couple of ongoing recycling schemes.
Cartridge Recycling - Every pupil received a cartridge recycling bag last academic year. Please help the environment and our funds by sending any used cartridges into Leighton where they can be recycled. If anyone requires anymore bags please let us know. We have larger recycling boxes within school where items can be deposited - ask at reception about these.
Clothes Recycling - Leighton is the owner of its very own clothes recycling bank. This is located at the far end of the school car park against the fence and is accessible when school is open to pop in and drop off any items. This is a great way for us all to declutter, direct our unused items to a new home and to raise funds for FOLA.
Currently the recycling company are running an Eco Champion Competition where the schools that collect the most clothes each month are awarded a £100 bonus. With the size of Leighton Academy if we all get autumn cleaning :-) we could have a good go at competing for this award.
Watch this space during the 2021 - 2022 academic year to hear about our new initiatives. We hope to be able to build on our current events and fundraisers and introduce and try a few more this year. Events will be added as they are arranged below.
We would love to try to expand FOLA - more help means we can plan more events and we want to welcome as many people to help as little or as much as they can :-)
We are always touching base with school to say hello and see where we can assist with activities and items for our pupils. Details of currently agreed events are listed below - details of these will follow nearer each event.
Autumn 2021 Planned Events
- Halloween Dress Up / Non Uniform Day
- Christmas Card Designs Sale
- Christmas Raffle
- Online Pantomime After School Event
Can we say a huge thank you to all our pupils, staff, families and friends for your ongoing support. We have managed to make the best of things during an unprecedented period recently. It has been a busy year working around covid restrictions and it made us scratch our heads at times but we've succeeded in running a number of great events and had the enjoyment of providing treats for our pupils and funding things that have helped put a much needed smile on our wonderful pupils faces. We will continue to seek advice from school about what is and isn't practical as the Covid situation continues and adapt accordingly with a few great Covid friendly events from last year already on our schedule for this term. Onwards and upwards in 2021-2022....... :-)