Kind councillor goes back to school

Pupils were delighted when a former governor dropped in to deliver laptops and computer equipment to help them in their studies.

Councillor Alan Butt, from Wolverhampton, is donating a number of laptops and internet dongles to a school for the school's catch up regime now the kids are back. Councillor Butt is pictured at Northwood Park Primary School, Collingswood Road with year 6 students head boy Mason Plumb, aged 11, Jemiemah Darko-Boateng, aged 10, head girl Amelia Powell, aged 11, Damien King, aged 11
Councillor Alan Butt, from Wolverhampton, is donating a number of laptops and internet dongles to a school for the school's catch up regime now the kids are back. Councillor Butt is pictured at Northwood Park Primary School, Collingswood Road with year 6 students head boy Mason Plumb, aged 11, Jemiemah Darko-Boateng, aged 10, head girl Amelia Powell, aged 11, Damien King, aged 11

Councillor Alan Butt, a member of Wolverhampton Council, decided to donate £2,000 from his share of community funding allocated by the local authority, to buy laptops for Northwood Park Primary School in Wolverhampton.

But it was not his first visit to the classrooms, as he had previously been a governor for 25 years at the school when it was formerly known as Collingwood Infants School.

He said: “I was delighted to be able to deliver the five laptops, a box of dongles and other equipment and hope it will help pupils in school and those without resources.

“It was good to return to the school where I was once a governor and chairman of governors.

“The council allocates funds to members to help their local communities.

“As one of three members in the Bushbury ward I am allocated a share of £10,000 for worthy causes.

“Councillors donate their funds to food banks, church groups, and other community groups and I decided to use my allowance to help the school because of the difficulties pupils have faced through the pandemic.

'Excited'

“I think we have done good work with the money we can use for the community.

“I decided to help the school because I think it is important to help children who have missed out of schooling because of the pandemic.

“The laptops will also help those who are without the resources to have computers at home.

“This will go a long way to help them to catch up on schooling they have been missing.”

Headteacher Alan Rogers said: “I think the scheme through which these have been donated is a very good programme.

“Pupils were excited and enthused by the donation.

“The laptops will help with school work for pupils and also help them catch up on learning that they may have lost through the pandemic.”

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