Kindness of King’s School community
By Sarah Wood
Since September, families from King's School in Gloucester have been more generous than ever, in providing much needed support to those in the community most affected by the pandemic.
King's School staff, pupils and their families have always embraced opportunities to contribute to the wider Gloucestershire community, and the school has a long history of supporting charitable causes, with both practical assistance and financial help.
Over the last 10 weeks, sixth form pupils have cooked over 500 meals for Gloucester Feed the Hungry, as part of their Future Skills Cookery lessons.
The retiring collections at the remembrance and carol services, together with money raised from a non-school uniform day and Christmas jumper day, have been split between this year's school charities, including Young Gloucestershire. The final total will be just under £5,000.
Alongside fundraising, King's School families have been generous with their donations for shoeboxes filled with gifts for Operation Christmas Child; hats, scarves, gloves and toiletries under the Giving Tree for the Gloucester City Mission; and 10 crates of toys for the Cash for Kids Mission Christmas project..
Pupils have written Christmas cards and recorded a carol concert for residents at St Oswald's Care Home, sung carols at Park View Care Home, hosted a Christmas party for Re-Engage, a charity supporting the elderly in Gloucestershire and sent cards and letters to children in the school's partner school in India.
In the days before Christmas, the school is working with Venture: White City to provide meals to vulnerable families in Gloucestershire, in a repeat of the summer holiday and activities programme when they cooked 16,000 meals during August.
Next Monday (December 20), the school will host a Christmas party for 50 of the most vulnerable children and their carers in Gloucester. There will be games, songs, a visit from Father Christmas and a lovely Christmas lunch. King's pupils are helping to prepare and serve the meals and King's families have donated a gift for each child.
David Morton, headmaster, said: "I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our staff, pupils and their families. One of the key aims at King's is to teach pupils to become kind and compassionate and, over the last few weeks, they have recognised the greater needs in the wider Gloucestershire community and responded with enthusiasm and thoughtfulness."
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