Children of Beeston Fields Primary & Nursery School have been using a ‘reverse’ advent calendar to collect items to help their local charity, Hope House in Beeston.
Hope Nottingham are a Christian charity who support food banks and provide support for people in crisis, as well as providing a ‘one stop’ community support centre for the community.
Year 4 Teacher at Beeston Fields Primary & Nursery School, Laura Clark, said that the idea of collecting during advent had been a great success. “For the Autumn topic, Year 4 children have looked at natural disasters around the world which led to us thinking about the slogan ‘Think Globally, Act Locally’. This is where the idea of reversing the advent calendar came from, and we started collecting instead. The children wrote a letter to all parents encouraging them to donate items for Hope House using our ‘reverse advent calendar’ boxes which were placed in every classroom.”
Laura Clark said the whole school community got involved. “We collected a range of items from soups and pasta, to body washes and soaps, with the occasional teddy in there as well. We’re hoping that it will enable the people who rely on Hope House to have a less stressful Christmas by providing them with some of the essential day-to-day items.
“We are very proud of the community’s response – with one parent spending £50 at Asda for the collection!”