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Irish American Partnership digs deep to help young gardeners at Cliftonville IPS

Baroness May Blood, IEF campaign chair and Sir Bruce Robinson with Livia Braiden, Callum Murray and Alicia Mc Mullan. Picture by Declan Roughan

CHILDREN at Cliftonville Integrated Primary School are to take lessons out of the classroom with the help of the Irish American Partnership.

A donation of $10,000 will allow the inner city school to develop an outdoor learning space and a gardening club, which will also be used by parents and community.

The gift was secured by the Integrated Education Fund.

The idea is to develop stimulating activities that would will benefit pupils, engage parents and strengthen links with residents. The gardening club will be supported by the school's new Parent Teacher Association.

Principal Bill Fletcher said the project will enhance children's learning and creative play and also promote outdoor activity.

"Parents are enthusiastic about the idea and the plan is to bring families together at the school to learn about growing and cooking produce and to enjoy the outdoor environment," he said.

Sir Bruce Robinson of the IAP said it placed the school more firmly at the heart of the community.

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