Students at a Rotherham school will help Santa and his elves spread a little festive cheer to elderly residents next week.
Staff at Swinton Academy have, along with local police officers and other professionals in the community, nominated home owners near the academy who they believe are deserving of a handmade Christmas hamper.
Andrew Doyle, vice principal at Swinton Academy, has co-ordinated the project on behalf of the academy. He said: “Students have been donating contents for Christmas Hampers for the last few weeks.
“Each tutor group has produced a hamper which they presented to the rest of the school a week ago.
“In previous years, we’ve had giant gingerbread houses and Santa’s sleigh – complete with working fairy lights – in these hampers.
“Before the hampers are delivered, we hold a special assembly for each year group. Tutor groups bring their hamper to the front and present it to the rest of the year group.
“These assemblies are lovely; a lot of care goes into making the hampers but a lot of thought goes into presenting the hamper to the year group as well. We've had carols sung, poems read and even a student jump out of one of the hampers. It is important that students spend time thinking how they can help and support others at this time of year.
“Every year we do this, the local residents are overwhelmed by the kind gesture. It’s a great experience for the staff and students involved.
“We've approximately seven tutor groups in years 7-11, so we have around 35 hampers full of Christmas goodies.”
The hampers will be delivered on Wednesday, December 19.
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