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Airport Community Fund provides furniture for Mitchell House Special School

The partnership with Mitchell House is the latest to be formed by the community fund

PUPILS from a Belfast special school are enjoying a new outdoor classroom after receiving funding support.

The Belfast City Airport Community Fund helped Mitchell House Special School buy furniture, which is set up on its grounds when weather permits.

The partnership with Mitchell House is the latest to be formed by the community fund, which has donated more than £350,000 to more than 120 projects and groups since it was developed in 2009.

Teacher David Kennedy said being able to provide an outdoor classroom had been a great asset for the school and one which the pupils were benefitting from greatly.

"The pupils chose the furniture themselves and then assembled it during technology classes. We have been delivering a wide range of lessons in the classroom, from maths to science, and it is enhancing the pupils' learning experience," he said.

Margaret Curliss of Belfast City Airport said making a positive impact on the local community was hugely important.

"We invest significant resources into ensuring we provide as much support as possible to a wide range of organisations," she said.

"I enjoyed visiting Mitchell House and getting to see first-hand what the outdoor classroom means to the pupils. Education is a cornerstone of our CR programme and Mitchell House is one of the `adopted schools' which the airport provides ongoing support to."

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