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Students package food bound for Burkina Faso

Students at The Avon Valley School and Performing Arts College recently took part in a non-uniform day, and packaged food, to support a locally based charity.

Last term Elaine and Andy Stock, two former school employees who retired in July 2018, visited the school to tell the students about a visit they made to Kenya while volunteering with Hinckley based charity ‘Feed the Hungry UK’.

After hearing about the conditions in the shanty town of Kibera, Kenya, the school vowed to help the charity in giving support to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. On Friday 5 July the school raised over £800 by holding a non-uniform day with the proceeds going to the charity. The money was then used to purchase food and the school then enabled students to create over 5000 food packets for the charity.

During geography lessons, students from Year 7, 8 and 10 worked with the charity’s staff and formed their own production line in order to create food packs which included soya, lentils, rice and enough nutrients provide a meal for 6 people. Throughout the day the school’s students made 5176 food packets which will be sent to Burkina Faso and should arrive there within the month.

Achievement Leader, Lisa Owen, said “In geography students learn about the conditions found in less developed countries and they understand their need for support. Young people rarely get the opportunity to have a direct impact upon the lives of people thousands of miles away. However, the efforts of students involved in making the food packs will have an impact and will help to feed people who have very little.”

Headteacher, Alison Davies, said “Our students, and their families, are always generous and never shy away from supporting local, national and international charities.  I am very pleased that we’ve had chance to support Feed the Hungry, and the work done by two much-loved former employees.”

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