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FRANCO-BRITISH COUNCIL SCHOOL PARTNERSHIP PRIZE. Secondary schools carrying out an environmental project with a partner school in France are invited to apply by February 20 for the FBC Education and Environment Award of Pounds 5,000 in sponsorship. Themes could include: recycling, local conservation, pollution and waste disposal. Details: Ann Kenrick, 0171 976 8380.

BARCLAYS NEW FUTURES

December 15 is the closing date for secondary schools, sixth form colleges and special schools with secondary age students to win a total of Pounds 1 million in cash and professional support for community-linked projects. The scheme was developed in collaboration with Community Service Volunteers. Details: 0171 221 7883.

DECEMBER 12

AN ABC OF READING FOR CHILDREN

The National Library for the Handicapped Child charity, which was established to help children with special needs to read, is launching a colour poster featuring the letters of the alphabet, each illustrated by a well-known children's artist. Pounds 3 from: Jennifer Bryant, 01734 891101.

ACTION FOR ME SUNSHINE APPEAL

Television presenter Phillip Schofield is asking teachers to encourage pupils to donate 1p for every day the sun is shining during the spring term in aid of sufferers of the debilitating illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). Each participating school will receive an education pack on the illness and speakers will be available to address school groups. Details: Rita Goldthorp, 01749 670799.

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