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Friends of Roecroft

What is Friends of Roecroft?

The registered charity “Friends of Roecroft Lower School” (known as FORLS) is an association of parents, grandparents, carers and teachers (a PTA) working together to raise funds for the school. As a parent or carer of children at Roecroft you can automatically join the FORLS team by becoming a member of the committee, just give your contact details to a current member and they’ll add you to the team! We also have our very own Facebook page which is always kept up to date with ongoing events and photographs.

What do we do?

Throughout the school year FORLS put on social events such as Quiz Nights, School Discos, the Sponsored Bounce and cake sales, not to mention the Summer Family Fun Day. We also have stalls at the Stotfold Mill Steam Weekend and the Stotfold Festival. These events not only raise money for the School but also provide us with the opportunity to interact with the wider Stotfold community.

How do we support the school?

Money raised by FORLS is used to benefit all the children, right across the year groups. We were delighted that fundraising activities from the 2016/2017 academic year meant that we were able to provide the school with a significant contribution to the building of the fantastic new Food Technology Room, which gives children access to first-hand learning about food preparation and healthy eating. This room is already being utilised by the after-school cooking club! Recently we have also purchased lab coats for science lessons, had new playground markings installed, bought Netball Kit and paid for a professional storyteller to share the magic of stories and reading with the Reception children . We also ensure that every year 4 child leaves, not only with a memento of their time at Roecroft, but also having received essential first aid training. Finally we also fund a fantastic addition to the children's Christmas experience, providing crackers for the Christmas dinner and making sure all the class presents are delivered by Father Christmas! But its not just about fundraising, we also like to support the school with their own events. You'll find also find FORLS serving teas and coffees at Grandparents' Morning, Open Evening and selling books at the book fair.

How can you help?

FORLS are always in need of new members. You can give as little or as much time as suits you. Not all members are needed to help at every event but of course "many hands make light work". Helping out by being an active member of FORLS can be good fun and is very rewarding as you will be actively supporting your child's learning and making lots of new friends. Whatever commitment you give will be appreciated and will make a difference. Additionally we receive enormous support from businesses and individuals within the local community, if you or anyone you know would be interested in supporting the FORLS fundraising efforts through fund-matching or raffle prize donations then please contact a member of the committee.

When do we meet?

Committee meetings are held regularly throughout the school year, we try to alternate between daytime and evening meetings to accommodate as many of parents/carers as possible. If you want to attend the committee meetings please add yourself to the FORLS Committee Facebook page or give your email address to a member who can add you to the email distribution list.

And finally...

The Friends of Roecroft would not be able to do the work they do without the support of all the parents, friends, grandparents who come to the events and help make them such a success. Many thanks go to all those who help raise money for our children's school. Your continued support is much appreciated and we look forward to seeing you all at our events in the future.