At Spalding Academy this half term, we have been taking part in the Rotary Shoebox Scheme. The Rotary organisation provide special strong shoeboxes that are then filled with items suitable for babies, young children, teenagers and elderly people. This scheme helps to spread a little happiness to those less fortunate than ourselves, as these boxes are delivered to refugee camps, hospitals, children’s homes and poorer families in Eastern Europe.
This term we have challenged every form group in school to fill at least one shoe box, that means that we would fill at least 60 boxes. The form groups could select any of the categories of people to help and each young person in each of the form groups were responsible for bringing an item, or two, into school to help fill their shoebox. In just under 3 weeks of running the scheme, thanks to the amazing support from staff and students, we have managed to fill in excess of 180 shoeboxes!! This really is a tremendous feat!
The shoeboxes were collected on Tuesday 16th October and will taken to the Rotary warehouse in Preston. The shoeboxes are then packed, sorted and once a lorry is filled (approximately 12,000 boxes), they are transported to Eastern Europe.
As a school, we hope this is an initiative that we can support each year and hopefully strive to fill more shoeboxes. For more information about the scheme please visit the Rotary website www.rotaryshoebox.org.