Good samaritans in spirit of giving
In their usual way, Matamata Intermediate students have been thinking of others.
Students have recently put together nearly 30 Christmas shoe boxes for the Samaritan Purse Charity.
Students were able to select either a boy or girl and then a particular age range. They then went shopping and were tasked with sticking to a budget.
The students said the best part about the project was finding the gifts.
The boxes, which contain a wide range of items, will be sent to children in poverty overseas who would otherwise Christmas gift.
Deputy principal Lorraine Stiles said rooms 8 and 9 especially have got behind this project and have filled 21 boxes between them. Some have letters and photos to make the gift personal and to let the child know there is someone who cares.
‘‘The boxes have lovely little treasures in them and it is very sweet that some young people care this much about giving at Christmas rather than getting. It’s also great to see our three C’s in action,’’ she said.
Students also held a mufti day to raise funds to post the shoe boxes. Each box costs $9 to post.
Matamata Intermediate students, from back left, Mikayla Collings, 12, Tian Haasbroek, 11, Calais Wetere Chase, 12, Summer Williams, 11, Sophie Crispe, 12, and Bronlee Ireland, 11, with just a few of the Christmas shoe boxes the students have put together.