11th December 23
As is their annual tradition, the children on the School Council collected Christmas gift donations for children in care. The aim of this charitable drive is to ensure that every child in Islington wakes up on Christmas morning to a present, regardless of circumstance or family situation.
This ‘Kindness Bag’ appeal has been a mainstay of our School Council’s Autumn term activities for four years. Over this period they have collected 1,000+ Christmas gifts for children in Islington. Each gift bag contains an assortment of puzzles, pens, colouring books, board games, craft and more. Finally, each donation is accompanied by a handwritten Christmas card from one of our pupils.
This year the appeal collected 248 gift bags for children in care. This greatly exceeded the School Council’s goal of 160 gift bags, or one bag per primary school pupil.
Laura Eden, Director of Safeguarding for Islington, and her team came to The Gower School to collect the donations. She spoke to the School Council children about the situations of children in our borough, as well as the importance of charitable efforts like their to brighten a child’s day.
This tremendous result was made possible by the generosity and compassion shown by The Gower School children and their families. Well done to the children on the School Council for organising this important and successful appeal once again.