Schoolchildren in Coventry have made a special donation as part of a social action project to promote togetherness in their community.
St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, has delivered 84 Easter eggs and cards to inpatients on the children’s wards at University Hospitals Coventry.
The Easter egg collection was led by children in Year 5 as part of the school’s St Gregory’s Serves initiative, which has seen each class devise their own social action project to benefit the community during Lent.
The children also used their creative talents to make Easter cards to go with the eggs, before delivering them to the hospital.
Other projects saw Early Years children plant sunflowers which were given out to members of the community, Year 1 pupils write letters to members of the parish community who are sick or housebound, and Year 2 children make bird feeders and take part in a local litter pick.
Year 3 pupils visited Tiddlers Nursery to read stories to the children and distribute prayer cards they had made, Year 4 collected clothes to recycle and raise money for the Cash for Kids charity, and Year 6 made afternoon tea at St John Fisher Church for members of the parish and raise money for CAFOD, an international development charity and the official aid agency of the Catholic Church in England.
Megan Scullion, Associate Principal at St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, said: “All of the children have really enjoyed taking part in our St Gregory’s Serves initiative.
“Each year group was able to take full control of their project and decide exactly how they wanted the community to benefit, and we have had a range of fantastic ideas.
“We’ve received some wonderful feedback from the community – especially staff at the hospital who have sent us some excellent photos of the cards and eggs being delivered to the children on the wards.
“The afternoon tea also proved a huge hit with parishioners, and the children did everything, including raising money for the ingredients, doing their own online shop, making the tea and washing up.
“We aim to provide the children with a well-rounded education which also develops their social and moral values to prepare them for the future.
“It’s been a lovely way to demonstrate to the children that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference.
“I’d like to say a big thank you to all of our parents and everyone in the community who supported the initiative. It is certainly something we will now be holding as an annual event.”
Fr Des Devenney, the school’s Parish Priest, added: “In these Lenten projects the children have displayed incredible initiative and immense compassion. They are to be congratulated, praised, and appreciated for their efforts.”
Caption: Rachael Ryan, Community Fundraiser at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Charity, (left) was presented with the donation of Easter eggs and cards by Year 5 children from St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School and teacher Emily Stirling.