In September 1983, the Friends of Easingwold School set out to raise £100,000 through the Bicentenary Trust Fund, commemorating the founding of the original Free School in Easingwold in 1784.
Incredibly, by March 1984, £65,000 had been raised through cash gifts and 155 deeds of covenant. It was not until late 2001 that the fund reached the magic figure of £100,000.
The Fund, which has been professionally managed since 1995, aims to provide a minimum of £5000 per year to be spent for the benefit of the students of Easingwold School.
In the early years money was spent on computers, word processing equipment, fieldwork equipment and new curtains and setting for the school hall. In the 1990s funds went towards a school minibus and to furnish and equip the new library and resource centre after the extension. In addition to the large items, smaller purchases were approved every year, such as basketball posts and cricket site screens.
Today's pupils, staff and parents have our predecessors to thank for their forethought and generosity in the setting up of such a fund.