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Staats learners assist local charities

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Days before schools closed for the second term, learners at Staats Primary School in Kimberley opened up their hearts and generously donated food, toiletries and socks to old age homes and a soup kitchen in the city.

Staats Primary School learners hand over canned food to Aldersgate Methodist Church Soup Kitchen in Floors. Picture: Soraya Crowie

DAYS before schools closed for the second term, learners at Staats Primary School in Kimberley opened up their hearts and generously donated food, toiletries and socks to old age homes and a soup kitchen in the city.

The school donated essentials to Ons Huis Old Age Home, Rest Haven Old Age Home and Aldersgate Methodist Church Soup Kitchen in Floors.

One of the school’s teachers, Marnette Brewis, explained that they wanted to show the learners how small actions can make a huge difference when they are combined.

“We wanted to teach the learners the importance of an open hand and heart, and also that they must take responsibility for the elderly. Staats is not just a school with a difference, but a school that makes a difference. As we were experiencing colder weather patterns, it was the perfect opportunity to assist people in the community,” Brewis said.

She added that their expectations were surpassed as each learner contributed items to the charities.

“We managed to collect more food and toiletries than we anticipated. All learners, from the foundation phase, our intermediate phase and our senior phase learners, all generously donated to the initiative.

“A prescribed list of items was given to the learners in their respective classrooms. That enabled us to give each resident at Ons Huis and Rest Haven old age homes two pairs of socks, a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and deodorant. We were also able to generously give about four boxes packed with canned foods to the old age homes, as well as to the soup kitchen.”

Brewis said that the learners felt inspired and moved by witnessing the impact of their donations.

“Each Grade 6 class had the opportunity to visit Ons Huis, Rest Haven and the soup kitchen to do the handover. The learners were emotional and touched by the experience. On their return, they enquired when the next handover would be. Some parents even reported that their children’s attitude had changed and they had seen the importance of giving back to the community, no matter how insignificant that contribution might seem.

“We would love for this initiative to be an annual event and we also want to encourage other schools to give back to make a change in the community in the city,” she encouraged.

Brewis said the initiative also strengthened the bond between learners and teachers.

“Our Staatsies sorted and packed the donations themselves. The teachers were very proud to see how each respective class opened their hearts to those less fortunate. One of the teachers at the school, Tremayne Aiken, has been actively involved in various outreach programmes for the past two years. This year, a joint effort from all staff and learners has ensured that this initiative was a great success.”

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