30 awards from memorial trust

25th December 1998 at 00:00
FROM shinty helmets to tuition in samba, primary pupils across Scotland will benefit from the first 30 awards totalling Pounds 10,000 made this week by the Gwen Mayor Trust.

More than 300 applications were made to the trust which was set up by the Educational Institute of Scotland in memory of the teacher who lost her life in the Dunblane shootings in 1996.

Funds for the trust, which aims to support projects in the arts and sport, came first from primary and secondary teachers and then from organisations such as trade unions and many individuals.

Ronnie Smith, general secretary of the EIS and secretary to the trust, said: "The 30 projects demonstrate the rich diet of activities offered to Scottish pupils by committed and dedicated teachers and as such are a fitting tribute to Gwen Mayor."

BENEFICIARIES: From samba to shinty.

Among the awards are Pounds 200 to Sidlaw View primary, Dundee, to buy kilts for the school country dance club; Pounds 500 to Middleton Park, Aberdeen, for tuition for its samba band; Pounds 100 to Whins of Milton, Stirling, to help design and make animal headstick puppets; Pounds 300 to Toryglen, Glasgow, for an art club kiln; Portree, Skye was awarded Pounds 750, for an African drumming group; Pounds 400 to Plockton, Ross-shire, for shinty helmets; Pounds 50 to Gowriehill, Dundee, for a production of Hosanna Rock; and Pounds 200 to Sanday Community school, Orkney, for a project on the island's culture and language.

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