Many of our pupils this year suggested supporting the local food banks.  The Charities Committee thought that this would be an excellent idea to support, particularly in a year of such upheaval and financial instability for so many people. An appeal was made in late November to all pupils and staff, to bring in tinned foods, cereals, toiletries and long life products which could be put to good use.  The response was absolutely incredible and far exceeded  our expectations!  We were so inundated with donations of products that we soon realised it would be possible to donate these goods to three different charities. Approximately fifteen boxes full of food were given to each of the following charitable organisations for distribution: Hope for You, the Kindness of Strangers Dungannon shop and the Vineyard Church in Dungannon. We were so delighted to be able to donate these forty-five boxes of food to go to such worthy local organisations within our community.

It all became very competitive in school, as we offered a chocolate prize to the class who contributed most and this further encouraged such a positive response!  In a year like no other we hope that this will go some way in making life that little bit more manageable for some of the people in our local community.  We are delighted that we have been able to help. Our thanks go to all pupils, staff and families who contributed towards this excellent cause.

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