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School pupils take the lead in charitable campaign

Lots to offer… Milford Primary School student leaders (from left) Sophia Fussell, Harper Wright, Viviane Beng, Phoebe Paterson and Emilia Kwan with some of the blankets, warm clothes and canned food which were donated in a winter charity drive at the school.

Milford Primary School students have collected blankets, warm clothes and canned food for a charity which provides them to children in need across the country.
Sixteen of the schools student leaders or kaiārahi made posters, talked to classes and wrote items for the school newsletter to raise awareness for the clothes drive they hosted last month, which brought in a vanload of goods for the Give a Kid a Blanket charity.
The organisation has been operating since 2015, aiming to relieve the effects of poverty by providing goods to keep people warm over winter.

Kind donations… Milford Primary School’s Olivia Yang with a vanload of goods for children in need

The students spent two weeks raising awareness for the drive then collected the items over an eight-day period, organising the pickup schedules themselves.
Deputy principal Nicola Hewitt said that as well as providing a service for those in need the programme taught students how to be positive community members and gave them a wider perspective about the world. “You notice they become more community minded, which is important,” she said. “It’s a bit of an eye opener for some of them.”
The school has been doing the clothing drive for seven years, with students shaping campaigns to best meet the need identified by Give a Kid a Blanket.

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