Pupils step in to do­nate to char­ity

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

KING’S School do­nated hun­dreds of pairs of shoes to their coun­ter­parts in ru­ral Ghana.

Par­ents were asked to sup­ply their sons and daugh­ters with an ex­tra pair of shoes to go home in on the last day of the school year so they could bag the ones they were wear­ing for ship­ment by the char­ity Con­nec­tion Kids Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (CKEF).

Over the last decade King’s has do­nated old school desks and chairs, more than 3,000 text books, sports equip­ment and kit to the char­ity.

And the Boys’ Di­vi­sion has also raised funds to build a school block at St Peter’s Nurs­ery School in South­ern Ghana.

Caro­line John­son, di­rec­tor of ex­ter­nal re­la­tions at the school, said: “Feed­back from CKEF tells us that our do­na­tions have had a huge and very tan­gi­ble ef­fect on the schools that have re­ceived the goods: rates of ab­sen­teeism are down, lit­er­acy rates are up and teenage preg­nancy rates are down.”

Caro­line added: “So this term we or­gan­ised a do­na­tion of chil­dren’s school shoes.

“World­wide, there are 300mil­lion chil­dren for whom walk­ing with shoes is a rar­ity.”

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