The Spirit of Christmas Abounds at Castleisland Community College

Hope Foundation area representative, Margaret Kennedy pictured on collection day for the 202 boxes which resulted from the annual Castleisland Community College Shoe Box Appeal. Included are: Tatsy Kerin (left) with: Aidan Joy, teacher; Ms. Kennedy, TJ O’Connor, Doreen Killington and Tadhg Maguire. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Just some of the 2002 boxes collected and packed by teachers and students at Castleisland Community College in the annual Shoe Box Appeal. Margaret Kennedy, area representative of The Hope Foundation (centre) was at the college on Friday for the collection of the boxes. Included are from left: Elaine Murphy, teacher; Ramunas Voveris, Micheál Murphy, Patsy Kerin, Aidan Joy, teacher, Ms. Kennedy, TJ O’Connor, Doreen Killington, teacher; Tadhg Maguire, Matthew Broderick, Freddie Galwey and Pia Thornton, teacher. ©Photograph: John Reidy
Loading up: Margaret Kennedy, Team Hope Representative (centre) loading some of the 202 boxes which came from the Castleisland Community College appeal. Included are from left: Elaime Murphy, teacher; Mateusz Kedziora, Janine O’Sullivan, Ms. Kennedy, David Michno, Robyn White and Doreen Killington, teacher. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The spirit of Christmas has certainly begun at Castleisland Community College.

An incredible 202 Shoe Boxes full of clothes, goodies and toys were collected this year.

The Castleisland Probus group donated 12 of these. A €4 top-up was contributed for each box which made a grand total of €808.

School Community Involved

“The Shoe Box appeal involves all members of the school community,” said teacher Doreen Killington.

“Students were encouraged to recycle clothes and toys that were still in good condition but no longer in use.

“Recycling is seen as a crucial element to the shoe box appeal as it highlights the importance of reducing our carbon footprint.

Credit Due for Effort

“For example: it takes 2,500 litres of water to produce a single T- shirt!

“Transition year students were instrumental in wrapping up the Shoe Boxes and making up individual boxes from both old and new items. Their efforts and the end product are a credit to them,” said Ms. Killington.

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