Cessnock East students are just what the world needs

Some of our youngest schoolkids have turned their studies into practical help for others at Christmas.

14 December 2020
Students holding toys and presents next to a Christmas tree.
Image: Cessnock East Public students Tyler, Khiara, Cruz, Kadence and Stella  with the donations they collected.

A history project by Cessnock East Public School's stage one students is creating a brighter future through a focus on presents.

The stage one students are hoping to make Christmas brighter for families in need by donating toys and other items to the Salvation Army to include in its Christmas hampers.

Classroom teacher Sharni Wynands said the initiative came about when the students were learning about "what the world needs now" as part of their history project.

"In this project we have been learning about celebrations and traditions and how they have changed over time. As part of their project they came up with an initiative to donate back to the community to make Christmas brighter for those in need," she said.

The students asked their school community for donations of new toys, non-perishable items (such as canned food, spreads and drinks), toiletries (including soap, shampoo and conditioner) and Christmas items including crackers, lollies and puddings.

The students presented the donations last week to the Salvation Army.

What does the world need now?

Stage One students at Cessnock East Public share what they have learned about the world this term.

“We have been learning about what the world needs now. We are trying to make Christmas brighter for families in need by creating Christmas Hampers for the Salvation Army. We have been collecting donations from our school community and local community of new toys, non-perishable goods, Christmas items and treats and toiletries.”

By Jaida

“All year one students are learning about what the world needs now. Some people need new toys, Christmas items and treats, non-perishable goods, canned goods, new books and toiletries. We need all these donations to create Christmas hampers for the Salvation Army to help families in need this Christmas. Year 1 came up with our Christmas Hamper drive because it has been a tough year for families and we want to put smiles on families’ faces this Christmas.”

By Ivy

“We have been learning about what the world needs now. We are at Cessnock East Public School and we are trying to make Christmas brighter by creating Christmas Hampers for the Salvation Army. We have been collecting donations of new toys, food, Christmas treats, canned goods, toiletries and Christmas items. The idea came because it has been a tough year for many families."

By Jye

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