Primary school’s ‘reverse advent calendar’ to provide donations for Bedford Foodbank

Pupils from Wilden Primary are collecting for Bedford Foodbank

A primary school in Wilden has set up a ‘reverse advent calendar’ to encourage pupils to think of others during the festive period.

Wilden VA Primary School is filling 40 advent boxes with donations of food and household essentials to present to Bedford Foodbank towards the end of the term.

Mrs Redley, the school’s teacher of years 3 and 4, saw the idea on social media and thought it would be the perfect way for the school to respond to the cost-of-living crisis.

She ran it by the head, Mr L Pointon, and also asked the children if it was something that they’d like to be involved in.

“As a small school, we are very community driven and like to give back as much as possible,” Mrs Redley told the Bedford Independent.

“The current cost of living crisis has been widely discussed in school and during the Newsround episodes we have been watching and therefore it seemed apt to do something for the local community at such a time of need.

“It also helps us instil our school values of team effort, equality and respect within the children.”

The reverse advent calendar has been embraced by the children who had this to say about being involved:

“Being generous is key to being nice and being helpful,” said Joshua; “We’re doing the Reverse Advent Calendar to help people in need because Christmas is a time for sharing,” said Elodie.

“You should be generous to people in need because in the Last Supper Jesus gave himself to his disciples. We should do what he did,” said Darcie. “A little helps a lot,” said Cayla.
Evelyn said: “Giving is good, I guess. Giving is good. It helps people.”
“It represents Jesus giving bread to everyone,” said Jayden. “We are doing this because it helps people. By giving them food, we’re doing a good deed,” said Winter.
And finally, in the wise words of Henry: “Give as much as you can because it will find its way back to you.”

The school began collecting their advent boxes on 21 November and some of the Key Stage 2 pupils will deliver the 40 completed boxes to Bedford Foodbank on 15 December.

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