Hunstanton Smithdon High School students give Easter food bank eggstra help
Students from Smithdon High School in Hunstanton ensured that less fortunate members of the local community did not miss out over the Easter weekend by donating 119 Easter eggs to the food bank at St Edmund’s church in town.
Towards the end of last term, the collection drive was discussed in assemblies and in the classroom, before students brought in their donations to be distributed at Easter.
“We have collected for Christmas over the last few years and so the charity is not unknown to the students, and now we are coming out of lockdown we have the opportunity to discuss doing more with them,” said school librarian Marie Taylor, who oversaw the project.
“The students get excited about receiving eggs, so the idea of others not being able to receive them is something they can associate with.
"Some donations made to the food bank have gone back to some of our own students, whose families use its services, so that also raises awareness of the issue.”
Smithdon High, on Downs Road, is a well-known landmark for its internationally renowned brutalist post-war architecture, and underwent a major rebuilding and refit programme during lockdown.
It is part of the West Norfolk Academies Trust, which runs 11 primary and secondary schools across the locale.
This year, it has established the Smithdon Business Outreach Programme to link local businesses and charities for mutual benefit, and also to help students prepare for life after school.
“It’s about helping people in our community and our school to support one another, including work experience and careers education opportunities, sponsorship of our Attendance Awards and educational talks and presentations to expand the students' understanding of local projects and businesses,” added Miss Taylor.