Students at The Regis School collected over a tonne of food for local Homeless charity Stonepillow.
The school held a non-uniform day and every child donated a non-perishable food item to ensure the organisation has plenty of supplies for the winter months. As well as collecting the food, students learnt about the causes and consequences of homelessness through tutor time activities.
The idea for the food drive came from the students themselves and they even challenged staff to dress up for the occasion, voting for the senior team to come as characters from the movie Despicable Me.
Mrs Saunders, Assistant Principal said, “our food drives have become major events over the last few years, with students regularly collecting record breaking amounts of food. Our students really understand the difference their donations can make and are keen to take part.”
The day was part of the school’s annual celebration of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, where along with the food drive, all lessons made links to the Convention, helping students understand the role of child rights in improving lives for children worldwide. The school holds the prestigious UNICEF Rights Respecting School Level 2 award.
The food was collected, weighed and sorted by the schools Rights Respecting Ambassadors. This included loading all 1150kg of food on and off the school minibus.
One of the Rights Respecting Ambassadors, Nicola Rodwell, Year 10 said “The day was so motivational, it was great to know that we were helping so many people who needed us.”
Johan Keijser-Petch, Year 10 – “It was great to see the unity of the school collecting 1.1 tonnes of food for the homeless in West Sussex. It makes me feel proud to belong to The Regis School.”
Logan Rimmer-Woods, Year 8 – “It was an amazing experience to be part of organising our food drive as a Rights Respecting School Ambassador, and to give food that we take for granted to those less fortunate.”
“We are extremely grateful for the generous donation and ongoing support from The Regis School” said Geoffrey Willis, Stonepillow CEO. “Stonepillow offers shelter, information and support to empower homeless and vulnerable people to make positive changes in their lives. We cannot provide this without the help of our local community”.