The children at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Leigh-on-Sea are getting excited about Christmas, but not because of the gifts they are hoping to receive, but because of the gifts they are giving local homeless charity, HARP this yule-tide.
The children have been bringing a selection of food and toiletries to school all term and have now donated them to HARP to help them support those that are homeless throughout the winter months. Donations ranged from shampoo, shower gel and toothbrushes right through to juice, tinned goods, cakes and biscuits, and the school have revealed that this generosity is not just for Christmas!
While most schools hold an annual Harvest collection, Executive Headteacher Sally Nutman suggested that Our Lady of Lourdes continue to collect items throughout the year to show their continued support for local people in crisis. The school have been educating pupils on local community issues and want to teach the children how to reach out to those in need.
Sisca Watts, PSHE Coordinator said “We try and find creative ways to engage our children with meaningful community projects as we believe that personal, social and health education is so important for our pupils development. We are a catholic school and our motto is ‘to live and love like Jesus’ and this is the perfect way for us to reach out to the community and show we care”.