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In Pictures: Laois primary school’s ‘marathon’ fundraiser for outdoor classroom and garden a success

Portarlington BNS Marathon

The primary school students from Portarlington Boys National School took part in a marathon fundraiser last week.

The school ran a total of 42km on their school track – with each lap representing a total of 250 metres.

The school ran 168 laps of the track in total with each class from Junior Infants up to Sixth class taking part.

And they achieved the impressive feat in a time of three hours and 12 minutes.

The school intends to use the fundraiser to raise money for the further development of their outdoor garden and classroom.

Each child was provided with a sponsorship card and the hope is to build a new agility course.

The central piece of the garden is the Trinity Loop, which Barcelona based artist, Anaisa Franco, has been commissioned to create as part of the Percent For Art Project.

Flowing from the Trinity Loop will be four separate areas: The Sensory Garden, The Outdoor Classroom, The Vegetable Garden and The Wild Willow Woodland.

The garden project has developed from a plan that Sandra O’ Neill, a parent of one of the students, which was created when they were initially looking for another space for the boys to enjoy.

Having sown the seeds of creativity, Ms Rafferty, has developed Sandra’s plan to incorporate the Trinity Loop and four interconnecting spaces, in their very own natural wonderland.

Check out some great pictures from the marathon below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.