Making a DifferenceJanet Burrows
Our Year 10 students are currently being encouraged to “Be the change they want to see” through their participation in the Archbishop of York Youth Trust Young Leaders Award. One of the challenges they are set in order to gain the Award is to make a difference by serving in the community.
Following a talk by a representative from Ryedale Food Bank, the year 10 students decided to do just that. They were inspired by the story of one young person who through the help of the Food Bank has secured a place to study at College, and set up a collection point in school before Christmas. Students were overwhelmed with the volume of donations received, which enabled the Food Bank to feed 24 people over 6 days, as well as replenish some of their stores.
After such a successful Christmas collection the year 10 students have now requested that a permanent donation point be set up in both East and West Wing receptions.
Items that can be donated include: UHT milk, breakfast cereal, UHT fruit juice, tinned meats, pasta, rice, noodles, tinned vegetables, tinned potatoes, food for pets, cleaning products, sanitary products, snacks, biscuits, coffee, sugar, gloves, scarves and hats (in the cold weather), hot water bottles. All items must be in date and in their original packaging.
The picture shows some of the Youth Award students with the donation box in West Wing Reception.