Shen­ton care in the bag

Col­lege’s con­certed ef­forts at com­mu­nity ser­vice

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By LISA THOMAS

SHEN­TON Col­lege stu­dents will do­nate more than 80 care bags for peo­ple do­ing it tough as part of a com­mu­nity ser­vice project.

More than 200 Year 9 stu­dents worked in groups to cre­ate the bags, which cater to ba­bies, tod­dlers, teenagers, adults and the elderly.

As part of the project, stu­dents were given two weeks to raise money, pur­chase items and bag them up so they could be de­liv­ered to the Unit­ingCare West Ser­vice Cen­tre in Fre­man­tle.

Head of learn­ing and com­mu­nity Gary Green said stu­dents would per­son­ally de­liver the bags, which would then be dis­trib­uted to those in need.

“All of the bags have been per­son­alised and the stu­dents have writ­ten notes to the peo­ple they will be given to, ex­press­ing their gratitude for the per­son and their hope for them,” he said.

“One of our school’s val­ues is to con­nect with the com­mu­nity and to help those in need.

“I’m amazed at the gen­eros­ity and the so­cial aware­ness of our stu­dents to reach out to the com­mu­nity.”

The project is part of sev­eral ser­vice projects Shen­ton Col­lege stu­dents will take part in over the next month, in­clud­ing an in­ter­na­tional project and an Aus­tralia-wide project.

Stu­dents also cre­ated care pack­ages of food and bags for peo­ple who were home­less.

Year 9 stu­dent Jessie Horne said it was nice to know they were help­ing peo­ple in need who they had never met.

“The project has been re­ally en­joy­able and it’s nice to know you’re help­ing some­one and giv­ing them a rea­son to smile,” she said.

“We are re­ally lucky and have warm clothes, food and a house to go home to, but a lot of peo­ple aren’t as lucky.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d455093

Year 9 stu­dents Ash­ley Set­ter­field, Clarie Stagoll and Lucas Cor­nelius with care bags.

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