WINGAS has helped the Unterneustadt Primary School in Kassel with a donation of 5,000 euros as part of the "Children for Northern Hesse" initiative. The school will use the money to fund a course for school starters and give pupils a healthy breakfast once a week.
The project is aimed at a total of 220 school starters: The 18-month course is to make it easier for the children, who come from 26 different countries, to cope with the transition from kindergarten to school. As part of that, the primary school in cooperation with the surrounding daycare centers has offered a regular early development course since February 2014. The selected children attend the course six months before starting their primary education so as to get accustomed to the new school.
"We're pleased that, thanks to WINGAS' support, we've been able to buy high-quality educational materials such as patterned cubes and tactile letters of the alphabet, because it's important to invest in particular in the start of children's education," is how school principal Bethina Röser expressed her delight at the donation. The donation also means the primary school can offer all pupils a healthy breakfast once a week.
At the recent press conference at the primary school, a sign was also affixed to the building naming WINGAS is an official partner of "Children for Northern Hesse." "This commitment is very important to us, because we are helping to shape the future, especially through projects for children," was how Daniela Rechenberger, Corporate Communication Specialist at WINGAS, praised the new partnership. The company handed over the donation in the Christmas period last year.
The "Children for Northern Hesse" campaign, which was launched by the Kassel daily newspaper HNA in 2007, aims to improve the opportunities for disadvantaged children at primary schools and make it easier for them to embark on school life. Since then, companies, citizens and institutions from the region have funded various projects at primary schools that require greater support. The money will mean children in need will receive clothing, a healthy breakfast, additional opportunities for physical activity and early educational support.