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Year 1 - Shoe Box Appeal

Year 1 - Catholic Social Teaching Project - 'Call to family and community'

Our project focused on that God made us to be part of communities, families and countries so that all people can share and help each other.

In the Autumn term Year 1 learnt about how we are all one community and that we should share what we have and help those around us. We linked this to Fratelli Tutti, a letter written by Pope Francis’ in 2020, where he spoke about fraternal love and social friendship. Fratelli Tutti means “all brothers and sisters” and is taken from the Admonitions of Saint Francis of Assisi. He stated we are a single global family living in one common home.

Thinking about everyone being part of this single global family, we focused on old and vulnerable people. We learnt how they can sometimes be lonely with not being able to leave their homes and have less people coming to visit them. We talked how Christmas is a time when they may feel especially lonely and discussed ways in which we could help.

The Year 1 children sent out a letter asking for help of donations to be brought to school for the Age UK Christmas Show Box Appeal. We then invited parents in to help decorate and pack the boxes. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the school community we managed to make up over 30 boxes and Mrs Vernon dropped the boxes off at Age UK Hull Headquarters on Silvester Street. Her car was nearly over flowing!

A quote from our St Richard's Facebook and Twitter page

'Before Christmas our amazing year one children and their parents wrapped shoeboxes full of gifts for Age Uk as part of their Catholic Social Teaching project linked to supporting the community. We were all so very delighted to receive this beautiful card from someone who had received one of their boxes'.