A number of local good causes are set to benefit from the efforts of kindhearted pupils at a Carlton academy this Christmas.
Youngsters at Carlton le Willows school got into the true spirit of Christmas by spending the last few weeks gathering donations and creating Kindness Boxes, which were delivered to the charity of their choice this week.
Families at QMC’s Neonatal Unit, residents at Gedling Village Care Home, on Arnold Lane, and local branches of the Red Cross and Oxfam will all benefit from the boxes which are packed full of items specially selected by students.
At the same time, each of the 56 form groups at Carlton le Willows have been filling boxes with food donations in aid of Arnold Foodbank, all of which were also loaded into the school minibus and delivered this week.
The aim of the Kindness Box project was to encourage students to think of others and of the benefits that simple acts of kindness can create and formed part of Kindness Fortnight – organised to co-coincide with International Kindness Day in November.
Year 7 students were also encouraged to complete Kindness cards, as evidence of their daily random acts of kindness and the whole school took part in a Kindness Cake sale, with handmade cakes sold off to raise £228 for Children in Need.
Carlton le Willows headteacher Craig Weaver said kindness, respect and courtesy were intrinsic to life at the school.
He said: “Every student knows the importance of treating each other well and caring for those less fortunate. Our annual foodbank appeal and Kindness Fortnight help foster the great sense of community spirit that already exists at school.
“Kindness is also one of the key character traits indicative of success in life beyond school and is a vital way for our young people to help others while feeling good about themselves and their place in the world.”