Sleep­ing-bag sit-out for home­less

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Report - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Vil­lage school pupils sat in their sleep­ing bags in the play­ground to raise aware­ness of home­less­ness.

The Year 5 and Year 6 class at Bod­sham Pri­mary School de­cided to raise money for the home­less char­ity Porch­light as part of their Cit­i­zen­ship Foun­da­tion chal­lenge.

Teacher James Bur­rows said the pupils com­pleted work­shops and stayed out in the school play­ground from 3.30pm to 9.30pm last Fri­day.

Their in­clud­ing play­ing cards and busk­ing, while they also filled shoe­boxes with es­sen­tial items to help home­less people here in Kent.

Mr Bur­rows said the de­ci­sion was taken after a vote among pupils, who also con­sid­ered sup­port­ing de­men­tia care and help­ing save en­dan­gered an­i­mal species.

He said: “The chil­dren de­cided to help home­less people, and part of our ac­tiv­i­ties has been to change per­cep­tions, and show how it can hap­pen to any­body.

“Our chil­dren were es­pe­cially af­fected and in­ter­ested in how our ex-armed forces per­son­nel could be­come home­less, so they wanted to do some­thing to make their lives bet­ter.

“They had some thought-pro­vok­ing re­ac­tions to the Porch­light pre­sen­ta­tion, and they got to ex­pe­ri­ence how it must feel in that po­si­tion.

“I think it’s re­ally im­por­tant for the chil­dren to learn about.

“Our s chool val­ues are strength, love, and creativ­ity.

“This chal­lenge was a re­ally great ex­am­ple of the chil­dren ap­ply­ing those val­ues here at school and in the real world.”

The school is still col­lect­ing do­na­tions for Porch­light.

To find out more visit www. vir­gin­money­giv­ing.com/team/ bod­sham­sitout

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Mil­lie, Iris and Martha in their sleep­ing bags

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Ari­enna and El­iza of Years 5 and 6

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Ari­enna and Iris pack­ing a shoe box for the home­less

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