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19 Aug 2022

IN PICTURES: Laois primary and secondary school send aid to Ukraine

A Laois secondary school and small rural primary school have sent a huge care package to Ukraine, with students, parents and staff all working together.

Mountrath Community School had made the appeal for donations in aid of the people of Ukraine.

They made contact too with Paddock National School and principal Bernadette Fitzpatrick said they were delighted to help.

"The war and the refugees are very much on our mind since we have a Ukrainian pupil in 6th class. Even though Leah is Irish, both of Leah's parents are Ukrainian and Leah had just returned from a visit there at Christmas.

"The response of the school community was fantastic and in a few days we had collected lots of essential personal hygiene items , mainly for women and children. A local business DCEL, whose children are also pupils, made a donation of two large boxes of lots of woolly hats, snoods, gloves, windcheaters and  emergency blankets," Ms Fitzpatrick told the Leinster Express.

The schools' combined efforts were collected last Wednesday by Hyland Transport, Rosenallis who are now in transit to the Polish border with Ukraine to help thousands of war displaced women and children. 

School Chaplain, Anne Moore organized the event in Mountrath Community School and praised everyone in her school and in Paddock NS.

"It was very much a team effort in Mountrath Community School, with Art teachers creating a display to heighten awareness, Pope John Paul II and other senior students assisting with advertising the collection and packing all items received, caretakers and cleaners supplying a copious amount of boxes and so many responding to the crisis," she said.

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