Students at Upton Court Grammar School launched into the festive spirit by supporting a number of charities. This comes only a month after the students raised around £1300 for Children in Need.
Year 11 student Jasmine Khan, 16, organised the collection of toys wrapped in shoeboxes for donation to Operation Christmas Child, a charity operated by Samaritan’s Purse that has delivered toys and other festive items to children in impoverished countries since 1990. Upton Court Grammar students despatched 93 shoeboxes this year, and Jasmine is already planning to beat this record next Christmas.
The staff and students of the school are also supporting SHOC (Slough Homeless – Our Concern), a local charity providing assistance to the homeless of Slough. This is being done by running the Giving Tree, a Christmas tree with dozens of tags on it, each one naming a small item of convenience such as shampoo, gloves and socks. Members of the school detach a tag, purchase and wrap the item to be placed under the tree and replace the tag with a decorative bauble. Towards the end of term, the tree will be fully decorated and piles of wrapped presents will be despatched to the charity HQ ready to be distributed to the homeless, in an attempt to add a little comfort to their lives.
Upton Court Grammar Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “We encourage our young people to consider the needs of those less fortunate than they are. They respond with great generosity and as responsible young adults and citizens of which we can all be proud.”