Shenton College students have caring in the bag


Year 9 students Ashley Setterfield, Clarie Stagoll and Lucas Cornelius with care bags.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d455093
Year 9 students Ashley Setterfield, Clarie Stagoll and Lucas Cornelius with care bags. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d455093

SHENTON College students will donate more than 80 care bags for people doing it tough as part of a community service project.

More than 200 Year 9 students worked in groups to create the bags, which cater to babies, toddlers, teenagers, adults and the elderly.

As part of the project, students were given two weeks to raise money, purchase items and bag them up so they could be delivered to the UnitingCare West Service Centre in Fremantle.

Head of learning and community Gary Green said students would personally deliver the bags, which would then be distributed to those in need.

“All of the bags have been personalised and the students have written notes to the people they will be given to, expressing their gratitude for the person and their hope for them,” he said.

“One of our school’s values is to connect with the community and to help those in need.

“I’m amazed at the generosity and the social awareness of our students to reach out to the community.”

The project is part of several service projects Shenton College students will take part in over the next month, including an international project and an Australia-wide project.

Students also created care packages of food and bags for people who were homeless.

Year 9 student Jessie Horne said it was nice to know they were helping people in need who they had never met.

“The project has been really enjoyable and it’s nice to know you’re helping someone and giving them a reason to smile,” she said.

“We are really lucky and have warm clothes, food and a house to go home to, but a lot of people aren’t as lucky.”