Kind pupils raise their voices for good cause
PRIMARY school children are hoping their selfpenned song will help generate some donations to a foodbank.
Children at Bollinbrook Church of England Primary School, together with the support of St Michael’s Church and Silklife Foodbank, have been learning about the good work the foodbank does in the town.
As part of their efforts to raise donations for the foodbank, the children have written a song – ‘Food for the Hungry, Shelter for the Homeless’ – which they will perform at the Treacle Market.
They want to let people know how important the foodbank is and why people should consider buying extra items to donate.
The children will perform at the 11am Sunday service at St Michael’s Church, Market Place, on Sunday, February 28.
The pupils came up with their song with the help of the school’s music specialist Emma Tennant, after listening to Theresa Hayton from the foodbank, who explained how people from many different backgrounds can find themselves in need of help.
The pupils have also set up their own foodbank collection point, where children and parents can drop off donated food items such as tinned food, easy cook pasta and noodle packets.
Headteacher Mike Waters said he is thrilled with the students’ efforts.
He said: “The children have responded very enthusiastically and very positively to this project.
“If you listen, the words in the song are very poignant and shows they understand what the food bank is about.
“They have really taken it to heart.”
He added: “Theresa did an assembly with all the children and spent a bit of time talking about the work of the foodbank and why it’s necessary.
“When she came back to the school on Monday the children performed their song for her. It was lovely and they are really looking forward to performing at the Treacle Market.”
Mr Waters hopes the performance will generate some more donations for the foodbank, and hopes the catchy song may even draw the attention of someone who can help them make a permanent recording.
He said: “Six or seven years ago we did a similar thing when the children wrote a Christmas carol.
“Thanks to our connections at the time with Fallibroome we were able to record it and sell copies to raise money for a school in Uganda that we’ve been working with.
“It would be nice if we can do something similar again.”
If you are able to help the school record their poignant song, call 01625 384071.