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