Effingham pupils step up to help their community for Christmas

Dorking and Leatherhead AdvertiserGOOD HAUL: St Lawrence students pose with some of the items they’ve collected

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: December 09, 2015

A CLASS of Effingham schoolchildren have decided to take a stand and do something to help those most in need in their community.

Gingko Class (Year 4) at St Lawrence Primary School have begun collecting food tins and distributing them to local meeting points and food banks.

The class has been looking with their teacher Lee O’Mahony at global issues such as hunger.

But the children wanted to do more than just learn about the issues and took it upon themselves to help those who needed food in their area.

The class are now collecting tins of food from parents and the local community and will deliver them to the Bookham Meeting Point and the Leatherhead Food Bank to help out during the difficult winter months.

Toby Megaw, 8, said: “We wanted to help people who do not have as much food as us.”

Classmate Adam Tynermam, also 8, added: “We have already collected a lot of food and but can still do more. If anyone wants to help us, they can drop tins of food into our school office during school hours.”

Mrs O’Mahony said: “I am so proud of the class and their desire to do something to help their local community. Every one of them wanted to be involved with this project.”

The school also began its annual Angel Tree collection on Monday.

Members of the public can choose an angel from the tree. On each one the name and age of a boy or girl in the community is written. They can purchase a gift and place it under the tree for that child. All gifts will go to The Meeting Place in Bookham, to be distributed.

The Year 4 children are spearheading the annual campaign and have already made posters and flyers to hand out.

Student Sebastian Gamber said: “I think this project is going to work and it just makes me feel happy that the presents go to children in need.”

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