Food drive gathers a tonne of food for homeless

Students at The Regis School collected over a tonne of food for the charity Stonepillow.

Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 11:45 am
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:08 pm
The school's rights respecting ambassadors loaded all 1,150kg of food donations on and off the school minibus

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 homeless over the winter months.

Geoffrey Willis, Stonepillow chief executive, said: “We are extremely grateful for the generous donation and ongoing support from The Regis School.

“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.”

Creative message from the students

The idea for the food drive came from the students and they even challenged staff to dress up for the occasion, voting for the senior team to attend as characters from the movie Despicable Me.

The students were able to learn more about the causes and consequences of homelessness through tutor time activities.

Assistant principal Caroline Saunders 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 all lessons help students to understand the role of child rights in improving lives for children worldwide.

The senior team was challanged to dress as characters from the movie Despicable Me

The food was collected, weighed and sorted by the schools’ rights respecting ambassadors, who loaded all 1,150kg of donations on and off the school minibus.

Nicola Rodwell, from year ten, said: “The day was so motivational, it was great to know that we were helping so many people who needed us.”

Johan Keijser-Petch, also in year ten, said: “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, from year eight, said: “It was an amazing experience to be part of organising our food drive as a rights respecting school ambassadors and to give food that we take for granted to those less fortunate.”

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