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Outdoor learning area for Keith Primary and Keith Play Centre nursery children

By Alistair Whitfield

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More than a hundred young children in Keith are now enjoying a new outdoor learning area thanks to local supporters.

Archie Paterson getting into the swing of it.All pictures: Eric Cormack.
Archie Paterson getting into the swing of it.All pictures: Eric Cormack.

Creating an outdoor area has been a long-term ambition of both the nurseries at Keith Primary School and the Keith Play Centre.

With this in mind, several local businesses and numerous good-hearted townsfolk rallied round to totally transform a wooded area at the back of the school.

The school's former nursery manager Mitch Fraser and Carlene Harding from the play centre organised a quiz night to raise money for the project.

This was keenly supported by both parents and staff who, as well as taking part, donated raffle prizes.

Much to everyone's delight, the winning quiz team on the night then promptly handed back their prize money.

The two nurseries were also very successful in reaching out to local businesses.

Amongst the many donors was Ian S Roger Ltd who offered up a container which is being used to store numerous items associated with the outdoor area.

This container was made water-tight by Simmers Contracts Ltd, then put into place by local farmer Richard Davidson of Corsairtly.

What's more, hand-washing facilities have been donated by parents, while tarpaulins to keep things dry have been bought thanks to the help of Frank McLean and Sons.

Meanwhile, Darren Williams Tyre and Auto Care Services has donated several tyres, Advanced Electrics Ltd some cable drums, and GMS Forestry a number of tree stumps.

Finally, G & G Cruickshank Memorials has handed over some granite and marble cores which the children can use to build things with.

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