Pupils bring festive cheer

Pupils Jamie Dyson and Alexandra Stocks with the decorated shoeboxes at St Mary's First and Nursery School. (d17111103)
Pupils Jamie Dyson and Alexandra Stocks with the decorated shoeboxes at St Mary's First and Nursery School. (d17111103)
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BOXES of Christmas goodies are on their way to deprived children in Eastern European countries, thanks to the generosity of Gomersal pupils.

The children of St Mary’s First and Nursery School began collecting items for the Samaritans’ Purse Appeal, and aimed to fill half-a-dozen shoeboxes.

But the response was so good they filled 25, and even ran out of shoeboxes, so they sent three bags full of presents as well.

The children also raised the £70 needed for transportation costs by making fat balls for bird feeders and chutney from apples grown at school which were sold to parents.

l PUPILS have shared some Christmas cheer with other children.

The children, from class two at Holly Bank School at Hartshead, collected goodies to fill shoeboxes for this year’s Samaritan’s Purse appeal.

Teacher Claire Harrowell said: “Holly Bank parents and staff have been fantastic this year and the contributions towards the appeal have been outstanding.

“We wanted every child to have enough to fill a shoebox, but this year we had enough presents to fill two each.

“We have made sure the shoeboxes are as individual as possible and the students have created their own unique wrapping paper using mark making techniques. They have loved every minute of it and are very proud of their creations.”

The seven pupils prepared the boxes for postage themselves.