Christ­mas thoughts

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

School packs Christ­mas box of good­ies for sol­diers.

PILES of food, toi­letries and gifts are fill­ing South Coogee Pri­mary School as stu­dents cre­ate Christ­mas care pack­ages to send to Aus­tralian troops.

As well as ev­ery­day items such as bis­cuits, socks, de­odor­ants, cof­fee, mag­a­zines, puz­zle books and pens, South Coogee stu­dents are also pack­ag­ing up pic­tures and let­ters of sup­port to send to Aus­tralian de­fence per­son­nel on ac­tive duty.

South Coogee PS teacher Lor­rena Duce said it was a great way for the school to thank them for their ser­vice.

“In 2017 it was just two classes who were par­tic­i­pat­ing. We sent 19 boxes and hope to send more this year as a whole -school ini­tia­tive,” she said.

“Many hadn’t re­alised that there were sol­diers de­ployed or that they didn’t get to come home for Christ­mas, so they were keen to send Christ­mas cards and mes­sages to the ser­vice men and women.

“I think it’s im­por­tant for the stu­dents to be in­volved in ini­tia­tives like this be­cause it makes them aware of the world, and de­vel­ops an un­der­stand­ing and em­pa­thy for oth­ers.

“It also lets the Armed forces know that the wider com­mu­nity sup­port them and are think­ing of them.”

d488605 Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Year 3 stu­dents Barry Je­linek, Leon Richard­son and Zane Ander­son with care pack­ages.

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