Saltburn Primary School and Huntcliff School collaborated last term to help people most in need.
Both schools, on Saltburn Learning Campus, donated a variety of essential resources and took part in fundraising activities to support members of the local community, especially at a time so significant as the festive season.
Whilst celebrating Huntcliff’s community work as part of its new REACH Project (Respect, Educate & Act for Community Hope), the Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland, Councillor Barry Hunt, spoke to students on 14th December about his Christmas Sleep Out, which he did in Redcar in the holidays to support both a homeless charity, Coatham House, and Earthbeat – a theatre group for adults with learning disabilities. Manager of Coatham House Breda Collins and former residents also spoke to students.
Over the course of several weeks, students had filled shoe boxes with gifts, toiletries and clothing, which they presented to the Mayor on the day.
Sarah Smith, Technology Teacher and REACH Project founder, was moved by the level of student engagement, which she said was “testament to the huge amount of compassion, experience and creativity within the school”. The group meets regularly and is currently spending time planning this term’s work.
The Project also supported senior citizens in the area by hosting a Christmas party involving games, performances and home-made refreshments. In addition, it also promoted the campus’s joint campaign to support the local area Food Bank. As part of this, pupils from Saltburn Primary school led a Christmas Jumper & Hat Day to raise money for the food bank, and funds raised also supported Zoe’s Place baby hospice. Huntcliff supported Save the Children on the last day of term in a festive themed non-uniform day.
Saltburn Primary Learning Support Assistant Julia Rayson led a drive for donations to a Stockton-based homeless charity, Bridge House Mission, and on 23rd December took time to deliver 8 sacks of presents, a cake decorated by fellow LSA Ruby Temple, a Christmas tree and gifts for the staff. Julia said that school children and their families have been so kind and generous in their donations, as well as willing to get involved in other activities. Amy Barton, Year 4 teacher, and her ‘Rota Kids’ – a group of pupils who carry out charity work and link with Saltburn Rotary Club – also contributed.
The estimated total, including presents, was close to £1,000.
Thank you to everyone who took part in fundraising at the end of the year, including those who supported the campus’s PTFA Christmas Fair on 25th November.
Photo: The Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland talks to Huntcliff’s REACH Project students; celebrating recent community work and shoeboxes they had collected for homeless people at Coatham House.