Students at a village school have been spreading festive cheer within their community. In the season of Advent, students in Year 7 at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form have taken the Christmas tradition of gift giving and reversed it this year.
Students at a village school have been spreading festive cheer within their community.
In the season of Advent, students in Year 7 at Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form have taken the Christmas tradition of gift giving and reversed it this year.
Each student volunteer has been allocated a day in December when they have/will donate either an item of food to a community project or an item for a local animal rescue centre in what they have called a ‘Reverse Advent’, and there has been overwhelming generosity.
Items have ranged from kitchen staples such as pasta and rice, to more luxurious items of selection boxes and biscuits.
Head teacher at Blythe Bridge High, Mrs Johnson, said: “It has been very humbling, each day students gather in our student leadership zone and donate their items and I am so proud of how they have embraced the opportunity to give back to our local community.”
Emma and Ryan, Year 7 Student Ambassadors, accompanied Mr Jackson, Head of Year 7, to deliver the items to the Spar in Forsbrook recently where they met with Lorna Griffin, store manager.
The Spar store and staff have been acting as the collection centre for Forsbrook and the surrounding area and have been supporting this local initiative to help those facing hardship since the very beginning of the global pandemic in March.
The initiative has been supported by Mr and Mrs Levison Wood of Cheadle Road, who both deliver to the distribution centre in Blurton and assist with the delivery of emergency aid to households.
Mr Wood said: “It was a delight to hear from our local high school that they wanted to help us at this difficult time, for we know by first-hand experience how some families are really struggling to put food on the table.
“It is truly moving to be greeted by tears of gratitude on the doorstep and the people of Forsbrook and Blythe have been amazingly generous.”
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