During the summer, Kirkcowan school had a major refurbishment, when communal areas such as toilets and cloakrooms received a much-needed revamp. Facilities were greatly improved but this left other areas looking in need of upgrading so the school embarked on a programme of improvements and turned its attention to the nursery.
Thanks to the support of local businesses, the nursery class got a makeover. Work began in July, upgrading the kitchen area to improve cooking and food preparation facilities. Howden’s Joinery provided cupboards at a discounted price. In October a new carpet was laid by Robert’s Carpets. Mr McIntyre sourced discounted stock to reduce the cost to the school. The “Sponsor a Square Metre of Carpet” initiative was very successful with the full cost of the carpet covered. Sponsors included Derskelpin Farm; Creebridge Veterinary Surgery; Holyhead Properties; Wilson Auction Mart; C K Marshall, plant hire; Martin Blair, joiner; Montpelier Accountants; George McShane, painter and decorator; Kirkcowan General Store and Post Office; Martin and Helen Marsh; and the Bodle family.
Throughout November children, parents and staff sold raffle tickets to raise funds to decorate the class. The tickets were donated by Peter Caldwell, Printers, and the generous cash prizes by James King Coaches.