Students collect over 100 gifts for refugees in the local community
20 December, Kings Langley: A group of students at Rudolf Steiner School Kings Langley (RSSKL), have collected over 100 gifts this Christmas to donate to a local organisation supporting refugee children and young adults.
Students Carolyn Pickering, Mantrika Shukla, Callie Amsterdam and Jasmine Salterpicco were inspired by local charity, the Watford and Three Rivers Partnership, who offer practical and emotional support to young asylum-seekers and refugees in West Hertfordshire. The students wanted to show the school’s support for refugees in their area, so they created their own gift collection initiative at RSSKL, designing posters and then touring from classroom-to-classroom to talk to their peers about the challenges refugees are facing.
After just one week of engaging the whole school community, the students had collected at least one Christmas gift for each of the 119 children and young adults in the care of Watford and Three Rivers Partnership.
Callie Amsterdam commented: “This holiday season, as we gather together in our warm homes surrounded by friends and family, it is important to think of those who are facing harder times. Having heard from the Watford and Three Rivers Partnership that gifts for children in their care would be greatly appreciated, four of us decided to initiate a collection at our school. “We wanted to bring a little joy for refugee families in our community so it’s fantastic that so many of the students, staff and parents contributed to help us accomplish our goal.”
Tim Byford, principal of RSSKL added: “Our mission for the school is to provide an environment in which pupils find the moral strength and confidence to face some of life’s most serious challenges with initiative and responsibility. I’m incredibly proud of our students who have reflected these values so brilliantly through their dedication to the community and local issues.”
Pictured (left to right): Carolyn Pickering, Mantrika Shukla, Callie Amsterdam, Jasmine Salterpicco, of Classes 10 and 11 in the Rudolf Steiner School, Kings Langley.