Kind pupils raise their voices for good cause

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

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.

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