The community who keeps giving
This is my thirty second year as a staff member at Chase Terrace Academy. Our school name may have changed over the ages but our community spirit never has. Although I, or many of the staff do not live in the local area we are proud to be involved with such supportive and caring people who live in the Chase Terrace and Burntwood community. While Christmas is getting closer you are still taking time to send thoughtful food items and children’s gifts into school via your own child.
We have received over 15 full bags of donations from our local area. They have been from a single item donation up to a full bag of contributions that would be a normal household weekly shop.
We would like to mention the community of Armitage this week who have been sending in, via Ms Wilson (senior leadership team) bags full of food essentials for the past four weeks. Some of these mums have sent a message to say that they will not be buying and sending Christmas cards this year, instead they will be using that money to buy gifts for our foodbank. Thank you so much.
On Friday last week Angela Brady delivered and left 3 large boxes of fruit and vegetables from her shop in our school entrance with a note offering more help in the future. It was amazing to give our families fresh items that will be used to provide a healthy plate of food. Items included: tomatoes, avocado, cabbages, carrots and many more nutritious roots and greens.
We have delivered over 50 packages in the last four weeks with the support of Ann, our volunteer Covid trained driver, which is quite unbelievable!
Our Achievement For All Students remain engaged in organising our daily donations and helping to create our food parcels on Friday mornings. We are so pleased with their efforts especially as some give up their lunchtimes to help out too. The school leadership are now involved in wrapping the presents that you have provided for our age 5-16 students. We hope to place these in Christmas hampers next week.
This week we would like to advertise and invite you to a Chase Terrace Academy foodbank morning. This will take place on Monday 21st December 10.30 – 12.30. We will be laying out our foodbank and Christmas gifts in the Sixth Form Common Room. Entry will be via the Sixth Form entrance which is by the school swimming pool. There will be a staff member there to signpost you into the building. You are welcome to come along and pick up those essentials that you need for the Christmas period.
You will be required to wear a mask, sanitise hands on entry and exit and follow the one way system around the building. We are looking forward to seeing you and sharing good tidings together.
Please keep sharing information about our foodbank from the school Twitter and Facebook account. These platforms are invaluable to us. You are letting people, who need a little help, know what we can do to help.
We are still collecting food and essentials and would like to make a plea for the following items:
- UHT milk
- Tea/ coffee/ squash
- Tinned meat/ fish/protein
- Christmas Fayre (mince pies/puddings/chocolates/ accompaniments for the Christmas dinner)
- Fresh fruit and vegetables (on Thursdays only)
- Household cleaning products.
Thank you so much. Donations will continue to be received every morning of the week by the Dining Room entrance.
It is most important that those families who are need contact the school. We have a good selection of items and your calls are confidential.
If you require a parcel please contact us on:
Phone: 01543 682286