Community College Shoe Box Appeal Epitomises the Gift of Giving

Com College Shoe Box Appeal 17/11/2017
Castleisland Community College students, teachers and charity representatives pictured on Christmas Shoe-Box 2017 Appeal Collection Day. Included are, seated: Doreen Killington, teacher and organiser (left) and Teresa Lonergan, deputy principal. Middle row from left: Margaret Kennedy, area representative, Team Hope. Liam Moloney, Ruth Borgeat, Lucy Setterfield, Sarah Mullins, Niall O’Shea, Conor O’Sullivan, Jon Arsky Arino, Jack Fewtrell and Pia Thornton, teacher. Back row: Carmel Kelly, principal; Aidan Joy, teacher; Chris McGaley, Justyna Balas, Bobyn White, Niall Fagan, Paul O’Connor, Joseph Sheehy, Janine O’Sullivan, Simon Dunleavy, Seán Butler, Kacper Podraza and Mateusz Kędziora. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal at Castleisland Community College goes from strength to strength every year.

The college and its students began donating items a decade ago and had a target of 50 boxes.

Ten years later, the school has reached 163 boxes this year with a €4 bonus in each box.

Testament to Generosity

“It is truly a testament to the generosity of spirit of all school members,” said one of the organisers and teacher, Doreen Killington.

The shoe box appeal has highlighted the importance of recycling as students were encouraged to bring in toys that were in good condition but no longer in use.

The Transition Year Construction Studies class under the guidance of Aidan Joy made up wooden toys from small pieces of wood which were left over from junior and Leaving Cert projects.

Fundraising Cake Sale

Art classes made soft toys from scraps of material with teacher, Pia Thornton and the third year CSPE class made up shoe boxes for their project with Ms Healy.

Donations of money were given and transition year students had a cake sale to raise funds for other items that needed to be bought , like crayons, colouring books and soap etc.

The transition year students then set up a Santa Workshop with Ms. Killington and made up shoe boxes from second hand donations and bought items.

“The shoe boxes will be travelling to Eastern Europe to impoverished areas of Romania. Let the spirit of Christmas begin! Nollaig shona daoibh go léir,” said a joyous Ms. Killington.

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