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Bourne Academy pupils fill 130 shoeboxes for the Rotary Shoebox Scheme

Pupils have filled 130 shoeboxes to help families in refugee camps - more than double what the school aimed to fill.

During the first term the pupils and staff at Bourne Academy have been taking part in the Rotary Shoebox Scheme.

The Rotary organisation provides special strong shoeboxes that are then filled with items suitable for babies, young children, teenagers and elderly people.

Bourne Academy pupils with the shoeboxes they have filled
Bourne Academy pupils with the shoeboxes they have filled

This scheme helps to spread a little happiness to those less fortunate than ourselves, as the boxes are delivered to refugee camps, hospitals, children’s homes and poorer families in Eastern Europe.

Matt Leonard, head of boys’ PE and a head of house, organised the collection. Hechallenged every form group in Bourne Academy to fill at least one shoe box, meaning they would fill at least 60 boxes. The form groups could select any of the categories of people to help and each young person in each of the form groups were responsible for bringing an item, or two, to help fill their shoebox.

Matt said: “In just under three weeks of running the scheme, thanks to the amazing support from staff, students and parents we have managed to fill in excess of 130 shoeboxes. This really is a tremendous feat!”

The shoeboxes were collected on Tuesday and will be taken to the Rotary warehouse in Preston where they are then sorted, packed and once a lorry is filled with about 12,000 boxes, they are transported to Eastern Europe.

As a school, they hope this is an initiative that they can support each year and hopefully strive to fill more shoeboxes.

Lucy Conley, executive headteacher, added: “ Our many charity links are a key part of school life here at Bourne Academy, including individual houses raising money for their chosen charities throughout the year.

“This time we have seen the school come together create a difference to those less fortunate than ourselves.”

For more information about the scheme visit www.rotaryshoebox.org

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