Woodlupine PS students get into the Xmas spirit of giving early


Jett Ferguson, Ruby Williams, Marcus Wilkin, at back Alice Clark, teacher and co-ordinator Christine Morris and Amelia Quaram-Waud. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Jett Ferguson, Ruby Williams, Marcus Wilkin, at back Alice Clark, teacher and co-ordinator Christine Morris and Amelia Quaram-Waud. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

CHRISTMAS might be more than a few sleeps away, but Woodlupine Primary School students are already getting into the spirit of giving.

Teacher Christine Morris said all students were involved in Operation Christmas Child which encouraged children to develop a social conscience by gifting a shoebox of simple essentials to a child in a third world country.

“Through their acts of kindness and generosity the children are rewarded knowing they have helped to make a difference to a child somewhere in the world who is in desperate need,” she said.

“They are helping a child from anywhere from Cambodia to Samoa, helping a child who has never received a gift before, a child they will probably never meet.”

Ms Morris said every classroom at the school had a large giving box to receive donations of pencils, small toys, toothbrushes, soap, T-shirts, sewing kits, hair accessories, combs, tissue packs and balls throughout the year.

“Every student from pre-primary to Year 6 has written a letter with a picture of themselves to be added to the boxes and on Thursday lunchtimes I run a popular open craft club where students make items for the boxes such as jigsaws, beaded bracelets and necklaces, loom bands, finger puppets, crazy pencils,” she said.

Ms Morris said this month the shoeboxes would be handed over to Shoebox House ready to be dispatched overseas in November.

“We have many supportive friends, staff and families here at Woodlupine and have extended our network to include wonderful volunteers from the wider community like the Helena Valley Lifestyle Village who this year made 40 boxes to add to our donations,” she said.

“Just knowing that the power of a simple gift will brighten the day and bring happiness to a child somewhere in the world who has very little, really is a wonderful feeling.”

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