Schools respond kindly to Shoebox Appeal 2014

School council at St Joseph's School, Halifax, with their shoeboxes in the Shoebox Appeal 2014
School council at St Joseph's School, Halifax, with their shoeboxes in the Shoebox Appeal 2014

Schools in Halifax and across the region have shown their support in the Courier and Rotary Shoebox Appeal 2014.

Rotary in Calderdale says it is impressed and inspired by the amount of schools that are involved in this year’s Shoebox Appeal - making Christmas day a happier time for at least 2,000 disadvantaged children, teenagers, men and women including homeless and elderly persons in Calderdale.



Some 900 shoeboxes have been distributed to 14 schools across the region.

Many Halifax schools are already in receipt of shoeboxes which are to be filled by pupils’ with gifts of love including toys, stationary, non-perishable foods, ‘winter-warmer’ accessories, toiletries and more.

Pupils’ at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Portland Road, have learnt from their school council, pictured, about the ethos of ‘giving’ to less fortunate children at Christmas time and the school has taken 50 shoeboxes to give to students to fill in the campaign which benefits thousands of Calderdale’s disadvantaged individuals and families.

St Joseph’s teaching assistant Connie White said: “The school is always keen to support a local cause, for local people. The children understand the importance of cosnidering others - especially at Christmas time. We hope we have a really good response.”

Rotarian and Shoebox Appeal organiser Bryan Harkness, said: “It’s great to have so many schools on board this year and the enthusiasm to which the children have embraced this community Christmas appeal is fantastic. I am sure many boxes will be returned.”

A total of 14 schools across the region have backed the 2014 campaign and include:

Ravenscliffe High School, Skircoat Green; St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Portland Road; All Saints J and I School, Dudwell Lane; Barkisland C of E Primary School, Barkisland and St Michael and All Angels C of E Primary School, Shelf.

Outside of Halifax, participating primary schools include St Chads, Brighouse; Sowerby Village, Sowerby; Bolton Brow, Sowerby Bridge; St Patrick’s, Elland; Cross Lane, Elland; Ferney Lee, Todmorden; Walsden St Peters, Todmorden and high schools Highbury School, Brighouse and Brighouse High School. Shoeboxes are available in Halifax from Tesco, King Cross, Harveys of Halifax and other stores.