Elmwood Helping Hands (EHH), are a group of parents, staff and governors who meet regularly to organise events that promote education and fundraise for the school. The EHH group, which currently consists of 8 members, meet weekly on Friday mornings at 9.00am. However, they may meet more frequently or at different times when preparing for an upcoming event. The meetings are informal but minute taking ensure that all ideas, actions and deadlines are noted and followed through to enable the success of events.
EHH was first established in 2016 and consisted of 4 members hosting a cake sale as its first event. The event was successful but EHH expanded its activities to create new experiences for the children and introduced Year 2 graduation photos. This event was hugely successful and since then EHH have hosted a variety of events including Book Sales, Readathons, Fairs and a Year 2 Disco.
All events are designed to enhance the children’s experience of their education at Elmwood Infants. Some activities are linked to the school’s improvement priorities, such as the readathon challenge which aligned itself with the ‘Reading for Pleasure’ culture that was being promoted within the school. Some activities celebrate the ethos of the school, such as the International Fair, which celebrates diversity. Other activities promote awareness, such as raising money for ‘Children in Need’. Where activities raise funds, the money is used to supply the school with additional learning materials, sports equipment, prizes or it is reinvested into other events.
EHH get a great deal of satisfaction from the children’s and parents enjoyment of EHH events and activities.