Good samaritans in spirit of giv­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - News - TERESA HATTAN

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.

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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.

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