Shoebox Appeal

Students create shoeboxes filled with gifts for children in the local community

The festive season is just around the corner and here at Bentley Wood we realise this is not always easy for people worldwide, so over the last two weeks staff and students have worked together to create shoeboxes filled with essential items and gifts for those less fortunate than ourselves. In recent years, many communities have faced hardships so together we wanted to utilize our community and extend our shared CARE values by helping another community.

Ms Bysh and Mrs. Jain organised the appeal, asking every Form from Year 7 to Year 13 to find a shoebox and choose an appropriate age range and sex. They then had to organise themselves, brainstorming about what they would like to put into their box, putting themselves into the shoes of a child less fortunate than themselves.
Some students went above and beyond creating their own boxes as well as donating to their form box as well, helping to increase the positive impact made by the appeal.

We encouraged all students to include stationary, educational items and practical items such as toiletries which allowed them to understand that the items we take for granted, are items that not everybody has access to. On the 11th of November it was collection day, each Form dropped off a box for safety inspection and we were blown away by the generosity of the students. A special mention goes out to Negeen (13DFL), who devoted her lunchtime and free periods to helping Ms Bysh go through every single box, ensuring it met the standards required to be sent to charity.

We simply could not have completed this stage without her help! Not all the items could be packed due to size and liquids are not allowed, however, all items within this remit will be donated to the local food bank to help our community here in Harrow.

By 2pm, all the boxes were sorted, labelled and the remaining tower of boxes were ready for our wrappers who came after-school on both Thursday and Friday to wrap the shoeboxes. A massive thank you to all the students from Year 9-11 who devoted their free time after-school to wrapping shoeboxes and labelling them, you were incredible and a crucial part of the process. The MFL and Humanities teachers were another great help, supporting the students with the wrapping; it wasn’t an easy job to undertake!

By Friday we had our final total of 90 boxes, wrapped and ready to go off to another community. Another group of volunteers helped fill out Ms Bysh’s car, which was overflowing with boxes due to the vast generosity of our community here at Bentley Wood.

A big thank you to Ms Bharj who helped get the boxes to the charity drop-off location, we could not have done it without you and the many helpers who filled the car! The staff at the drop-off location were completely blown away at the generosity, they feared they would not receive many boxes this year meaning less children would be able to receive the shoeboxes, but our students have made sure, that this is not the case.

Over the last two weeks the girls have learnt a lot and really shown how empathetic and generous they can be, we are incredibly proud of them all, showing that our CARE values are at the heart of our community here at Bentley Wood.

Ms Bysh