Homelessness hits home for students

Belmay Primary School students Angela Cooper, Pepe Fredrick and KC Ramos. Picture: Elle Borgward d405617
Belmay Primary School students Angela Cooper, Pepe Fredrick and KC Ramos. Picture: Elle Borgward d405617

Students donated 100 tins of soup, 175 soaps, 65 bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 21 deodorant sticks, 10 sleeping bags and other useful items and were also encouraged to talk about homelessness with their families.

Teacher Sandra Edgar envisioned the school’s campaign after hearing a call for donations on 98five Sonshine FM and said students enjoyed being charitable.

‘The students collected so much more than I would have donated if I had done it by myself and the children were really excited to have a donation box in their classroom,’ Mrs Edgar said.

‘When we talked to them about homelessness so many of them already knew about it so they were clearly talking about it with their families, it made them realise what being homeless actually entails.’