02 Apr Jon Cartu Announces: ‘Helping to spread kindness, hope and happiness’: How local
The coronavirus pandemic has caused disruption to schools across the UK with no certainty of when things will get back to normal.
Even though their school is temporarily closed due to Covid-19, the children of key workers at The Oak Tree Academy, Newham Grange Avenue, Stockton, have put their heads together and formed a plan to help the elderly and vulnerable in their area.
Principle Elizabeth Pollitt says, “With all the fear and anxiety about the coronavirus, and amidst the panic and worry that our children are witnessing, we wanted to temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education”.
Knowing they wanted to help, the plan came together to collect essentials for the people most in need and provide a handwritten morale boost with each donation.
The school is part of the Northern Education Trust, a non profit education charity founded in 2012 that operates in the north east and north west of England, currently sponsoring 11 primary schools and 10 secondary schools.
Rowena Walters, from the trust says: “The children particularly wanted to send something personal to the elderly and vulnerable.
“So they drew pictures to accompany the donations, and wrote messages of kindness on postcards, which were posted to care homes and nursing homes around the area, helping to spread kindness, hope and happiness for those who will not be visited over the coming weeks”.
Parents were asked for donations of basic items from tins, packets and toiletries while the school contacted the local church, social care and food banks to see how the donations could best be distributed.
The children have sent hand decorated postcards to care homes and nursing homes in their area, along with the generous donations, to lift the spirits and provide for the elderly and vulnerable.
Principle Elizabeth says, “We are really proud of our children and how they are learning to think of others, through their kind thoughts and wishes”.