5th November 2007
St. Mary's National School in Croom, Co. Limerick has received a donation of €12,000 from AIB Croom. This funding, which was awarded under the AIB Better Ireland Programme, will go towards the cost of providing music and art therapy as part of a new programme for a number of children attending the school. The project will be run by the Blue Box Creative Learning Centre, which has previously received funding from the AIB Better Ireland Programme.
St. Mary's National School currently has 190 pupils. With the help of this funding, the school will be able to provide music and art therapists for one day a week through the Limerick based Blue Box Creative Learning Centre. Some of the funding will also be used to renovate a suitable room and provide equipment needed, which will greatly benefit all those involved in the programme.
Sr. Helen O'Connor, Home School Community Liaison, said: "We are delighted that AIB Croom have made this donation to us, under the AIB Better Ireland Programme, as it will allow us to empower the children involved in the programme and encourage them to grow in confidence and self esteem, which will enable them to reach their full potential."
Mary Roche, AIB Better Ireland Programme Co-ordinator, AIB High Street, Croom, commented: "Since the AIB Better Ireland Programme began in 2001 almost €260,000 has been donated to nearly 40 children's projects in Limerick. We at AIB Croom are delighted that this project is receiving this funding as it will allow the school to improve their facilities and better meet the needs of the children who attend the programme."