Scilly’s School Pupils Collect Presents For Disadvantaged Children

Photo by Chris Hall

Photo by Chris Hall

Pupils from the Five Islands School spent much of Friday learning about children who may not be as fortunate as themselves.

Staff and children paid £1 to wear pyjamas to school as a Children in Need fundraiser.

They also filled 57 shoeboxes with items that will be sent to disadvantaged youngsters in Europe and developing countries.

Year 1 children produced a guidance note detailing what the pack should contain, including toiletries, toys, notebooks and small clothing items like gloves.

The effort, backed by national charity Samaritan’s Purse, began in 1990 and Mary Leathers has been organising the islands’ response for years.

Mary said they try to send at least 100 boxes every year, although they don’t always reach that target.

And she says the collection helps the children understand that not everyone has the privileges that they enjoy here.

Teacher Sam Grossett says the exercise creates an awareness of what Christmas is all about and also encourages the pupils to use numeracy and literacy skills.

More boxes will be filled over the next month.

Yesterday’s collection will be taken to a warehouse and distribution point in Cornwall for dispatch.

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