School takes foodbank advent challenge

Pupils from Arnage School present their donations to the Ellon Foodbank
Pupils from Arnage School present their donations to the Ellon Foodbank

Following the success of Arnage School’s Christmas Foodbank Advent last year, they decided to run it again for 2017.

The idea behind the foodbank advent calendar is straight forward.

All families were allocated a date in December, and on that date, the children brought their food donations to school to put under the Christmas tree.

In return, the children selected a chocolate from the tree.

All of the children were provided with the opportunity to participate in this event as there was a box in the school office with the staff donations – should any child forget to bring their donation (parents are busy people- it happens), they selected something from the box.

On Monday, December 18, all of the food from under the Christmas tree was bagged and taken to the Foodbank in Ellon ready for distribution on Friday (December 22) to families in the local area that, for whatever reason, needed support.

Arnage School head teacher, Kerry Lawrinson, said: “I am extremely proud of our little school – a generosity of our families is overwhelming!

“A huge amount of food was donated to a local cause.

“Christmas is meant to be for everyone, and collecting donations for the Ellon Foodbank is a great way of showing children, grandchildren or other family members that it is a time for giving, not just for getting presents.”

Kerry added: “I would like to express my thanks again to the families of Arnage, as without their support this would not have been possible.”