Shoe­box ap­peal

Midland Reporter - - Front Page -

CHRIST­MAS is more than a few sleeps away, but Wood­lupine Pri­mary School stu­dents are al­ready into the spirit of giv­ing.

Teacher Chris­tine Mor­ris said all stu­dents were in­volved in Oper­a­tion Christ­mas Child, which en­cour­aged chil­dren to de­velop a so­cial con­science by giv­ing a shoe­box of sim­ple es­sen­tials to a child in a Third World coun­try.

“Through their acts of kind­ness and gen­eros­ity the chil­dren are re­warded know­ing they have helped to make a dif­fer­ence to a child some­where in the world who is in des­per­ate need,” she said.

“They are help­ing a child from any­where from Cam­bo­dia to Samoa, help­ing a child who has never re­ceived a gift be­fore, a child they will prob­a­bly never meet.”

Ms Mor­ris said ev­ery class­room at the school had a large giv­ing box to re­ceive dona­tions of pen­cils, small toys, tooth­brushes, soap, T-shirts, sew­ing kits, hair ac­ces­sories, combs, tis­sue packs and balls through­out the year.

“Ev­ery stu­dent from prepri­mary to Year 6 has writ­ten a let­ter with a pic­ture of them­selves to be added to the boxes and on Thurs­day lunchtimes I run a pop­u­lar open craft club where stu­dents make items for the boxes such as jig­saws, beaded bracelets and neck­laces, loom-bands, fin­ger pup­pets and crazy pen­cils,” she said.

The shoe­boxes will be handed over to Shoe­box House ready to be dis­patched over­seas in Novem­ber.

“We have many sup­port­ive friends, staff and fam­i­lies here at Wood­lupine and have ex­tended our net­work to in­clude won­der­ful vol­un­teers from the wider com­mu­nity, such as the He­lena Val­ley Life­style Vil­lage which this year made 40 boxes to add to our dona­tions,” Ms Mor­ris said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d474092

Jett Fer­gu­son, Ruby Wil­liams, Mar­cus Wilkin with (at the back) Alice Clark, teacher and co­or­di­na­tor Chris­tine Mor­ris and Amelia Quaram-Waud.

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