The pupils of St Colmcille’s NS in Errill were among the many across Laois who sent shoeboxes filled with gifts to needy children across the world this Christmas.
In November the children demonstrated their generosity with their enthusiastic contributions to the Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal.
“Following the tireless efforts of our super parents council, more than fifty shoe boxes, donated by our pupils, were collected ‘by train’ on route from The Orchard Child Minding Service, Lisduff, for distribution at Christmas to less fortunate children,” said principal Tony Lawlor.
He said the treats were carefully chosen.
“ Thanks to the enthusiasm of our pupils in Errill NS,” he said.
This year’s Team Hope aimed to deliver 200,000 shoeboxes full of goodies to needy children from Africa to Eastern Europe.
For many children, it is the only Christmas present they receive.
“It’s wonderful that our pupils want to spread happiness at Christmas to children who are less fortunate than themselves. A big thank you for all of the filled shoeboxes which enabled our school to donate so generously.The children really enjoyed being part of this wonderful endeavour,” said Mr Lawlor.
The small school was busy before the Christmas break.
Earlier in December, pupils delighted their audiences with their school Panto…Aladd-in-Goal.
“It was a complicated tale of Royal Imperial weddings, Chinese hurling celebrations, magical wishes, and the power of teamwork. Well done to all our pupils who entertained a very appreciative audience for 90 minutes - twice over - during our matinee performance and our night performance,” said Mr Lawlor.
The school also released a music CD just before the break, featuring the voices of pupils from 2nd to 6th class. “In 2Une ” is on sale in local shops and from the school, with proceeds going towards the school. The songs were arranged by Nuala Kelly, school choir director, from Music Generation, funded by U2. It was recorded and mixed by at local studio Frank’ Shed.