Teachers at an Edmonton primary school were left smiling after care packages were donated by the local shopping centre for 14 of the school’s most vulnerable families.
Staff from Edmonton Green Shopping Centre visited Starks Field Primary school to deliver gifts and food parcels for families who are facing hardships this Christmas.
Starks Field, located on Church Street in Edmonton, is a community mixed primary and nursery school, taking children from 3 to 11 years of age.
Anna Hunter, Deputy Head Teacher, said: ”Starks Field has always been a community school in the truest sense. We know our families well and support them wherever we can.
“During lock down we became quickly aware of how challenging circumstances were for many of our families with job losses, housing issues and the ongoing national difficulties regarding remote learning access and free school meal vouchers and provision.
“We have been so grateful that so many community partners have stepped in to support us at this time of crisis; either with food donations, offers of help or parcels to spread a little joy and make life a little easier this Christmas.
“Looking outwards as a school into the community and seeing groups and businesses there ready and happy to support our community has made what has been one of the most challenging periods for schools and families a little easier.”
The donation to Starks Field is just one of Edmonton Green Shopping Centre’s many gestures of good will this festive season. Just 24 hours earlier the team handed over hundreds of gifts to The Salvation Army Present Appeal.
Sabri Marsaoui, Asset Director at Edmonton Green, said: “As well as being a magical time, we understand that the run-up to Christmas can be a stressful time for many families. Community is always at the heart of everything that we do at Edmonton Green shopping centre, and this year more than ever we want to give something a little extra back.
“We were made aware that Starks Field primary school had a list of vulnerable children who they themselves had been supporting throughout lockdown, and we wanted to reach out and help them to ease the burden not only for the families being supported but also the amazing teachers who have done such an fabulous job over the past nine months.
“It’s the season of goodwill and we want to be able to make this Christmas extra special for our local families.”
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