Published: 17 Dec 2008

When pupils at a school in Sunderland wanted to show their appreciation to a Ford dealer in South Shields, they came up with the idea of compiling a personalised ‘thank-you’ booklet.

Receiving thank-you cards from customers for a professional service is a regular occurrence at the Jennings Ford Direct dealership on Newcastle Road in South Shields, but this is the first time staff have been presented with an A3 booklet which has been compiled by a classroom of 11-year-olds.

Year 6 pupils at Southwick Primary School on Clarence Street in Sunderland compiled the colourful A3 booklet because they wanted to thank staff at the Ford dealership in South Shields for looking after and keeping the school’s mini-bus safe during the holiday period.

The creative, 33-page, A3 booklet contains a page which has been personally designed from each pupil in the class. In addition to explaining what the school mini-bus is used for, each page also included personal messages, such as;

“thank-you for keeping our mini-bus safe,” from Keera Boyes,“ and “thank-you for keeping the mini-bus safe, we don’t know what we would’ve done without you and “Jennings is the best,” from Stephen Bryan, to name but a few.

Gavin Moffatt, sales manager at the Ford Direct dealership in South Shields, said; “When the school contacted us about the possibility of using our compound for their mini-bus during the school holidays, we were more than willing to help them out.”

“The children have put a lot of time and effort into compiling the ‘thank-you’ booklet, which we appreciate and are absolutely delighted to have received it.”

This isn’t the first time the school has been involved with Jennings Ford Direct. Last month, the dealership donated a mountain bike for the school’s forthcoming Christmas raffle. Funds raised will contribute towards investing in a number of new bike stands with the aim to encourage more children to take the healthy option and cycle to school.

Southwick Primary School in Sunderland has 345 pupils aged between 3 and 11. In August of this year, the school celebrated its centenary. In February 2009, pupils will be moving into new, purpose-built premises in Southwick, which will be linked to the Children’s Centre.

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