Strathmore Primary pupils’ kindness

20150918- Strathmore Refugee Collection'Youngsters from Strathmore Primary School, Forfar have been busy collecting food and clothing which was handed over to the Angus Solidarity For Refugees group. Students from P.3B and P.4A are pictured with teachers Jaime Macpherson and Colin Hutchison and Eddie Anderson (back 2nd left) from Angus Solidarity For Refugees group. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20150918- Strathmore Refugee Collection'Youngsters from Strathmore Primary School, Forfar have been busy collecting food and clothing which was handed over to the Angus Solidarity For Refugees group. Students from P.3B and P.4A are pictured with teachers Jaime Macpherson and Colin Hutchison and Eddie Anderson (back 2nd left) from Angus Solidarity For Refugees group. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

Big-hearted and compassionate pupils of Strathmore Primary School decided to take action to help hungry refugees.

The youngsters, in classes 3B and 4A initially approached their teachers, Colin Hutchison and Jaime MacPherson respectively.

They explained that they had been hearing about the refugee crisis on the news.

Mr Hutchison takes up the story: “ Children in both classes said they would like to do something to help the refugees, so, after discussions in our own classes, Jaime and I decided to put out an appeal on behalf of Angus Solidarity for refugees, who we had become aware of through Facebook and social media.”

A letter was sent home to parents via every child in school, listing the essential items the appeal was looking for: toiletries, sanitary products, tinned foods, long life foodstuffs, snacks, warm blankets, etc.

Mr Hutchison continued: “The response was outstanding from the children.

“Dozens and dozens of bags were brought into school over the course of a week - probably approaching 100 bags and boxes of donations.

“I was quite moved when the children in my class suggested they would like to do something to help the refugees.

“They showed a great level of maturity when discussing the situation and were aware of the sort of things the people fleeing danger zones would require.

“The level of generosity from children and their families has been just amazing.”

Jaime MacPherson agreed that the response had been fantastic.

She said: “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown by the children, parents, carers and staff at Strathmore.

“We had a fantastic response to the appeal and we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported this extremely worthwhile cause.”