Employee volunteering is important to GSK and so it offers all employees one paid day off each year, ‘Orange Day’, to make a difference to their chosen local community project. Their employees from across the world have supported a wide range of charities and local community projects, from cleaning up parks to mentoring students. This year we were very fortunate that local GSK employees offered to spend their Orange Day renovating our science garden. Alex MacDonald and Jodi O’Loughlin were joined by a total of 16 members of GSK staff who joined forces to spend the day weeding, digging, pruning, chopping, painting, building, and shovelling!
The science garden is used by all pupils in the school and enables them to become hands-on when learning about the food chain. Perfect for those kinaesthetic and tactile learners. The garden has had a complete transformation! It has turned from an overgrown, run-down area to a clean, fresh welcoming space. The children will now be able to start sowing their first cop of vegetables and have a special cage to protect all future crops of fruit.
“It was hugely rewarding to contribute to a project that will benefit the students of Pinewood School. It’s important to be an active part of the local community so we welcomed the opportunity to be able to volunteer and support this good cause in any way we could. Getting hands-on, digging and painting, made it a fun and fulfilling day for the team and, most importantly, we hope the students will enjoy the gardens as a result.”GSK
The Pinewood School Community would like to thank the GSK team for all of their hard work on the day.