YOUNGSTERS swapped the classroom for the supermarket, to pick up a haul of computer and sports equipment.
Pupils from across Tameside took part in Tesco's Schools and Clubs Scheme earlier this year, in which parents collect tokens which schools can exchange for IT and sports equipment.
And now - as the autumn term gets in full swing - the equipment is being delivered to schools.
On Friday Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds joined youngsters from Ridge Hill and Buckton Vale primary schools at the Stalybridge store.
Store manager Lee Fetherston said: "Tesco for Schools & Clubs is a scheme which my team are proud to be part of.
"Thousands of customers have been collecting vouchers to help their local schools and clubs get this new equipment showing what can happen when a whole community gets involved."
Among the equipment available to schools and clubs in exchange for the vouchers are paints and canvases to cricket bats, digital cameras, computer software and recycling bins.
Following the event Jonathan Reynolds said: "The youngsters were really excited to collect the items from the supermarket on Friday - and I know the equipment will be put to good use in the classroom.
"Businesses increasingly recognise the importance of giving something back to the communities they are a part of. And this is a scheme that is valued by both the supermarket and the schools.
"I was pleased to be able to attend the event with youngsters and teachers from Ridge Hill and Buckton Vale primary schools. And I wish them every success in the future."
Published October 7, 2010.