Junior Prep Outreach Initiatives

November 23, 2018 | Junior Preparatory

Mother Teresa said “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” It was with these words in mind that the Junior Prep began their 2018 outreach initiatives.

Grade R supports ‘Animals in Distress’. A representative came to the school to speak to the children about the importance of looking after our pets and how we can help others care for their pets. All year long the children have been collecting pet food in order to help look after abandoned and sick animals.

In February we took part in the campus CANSA Shav-a-thon which was an exciting time in the Junior Prep because the children had their hair sprayed in all sorts of funky colours.

This year the Grade 1’s joined the Grade 2’s in making sandwiches for the Parktown North Methodist Church. Every Wednesday the classes rotated in making sandwiches with bread and cheese, cold meat and peanut butter generously donated by the parents. The sandwiches were delivered to the church by the class moms.

The Grade I’s continued their partnership with the Blair Athol School. They had a chance to be each other’s pen pals and letters were sent back and forth throughout the year. The children were extremely delighted at corresponding with children from another school and making new friends.

In May we had our Comrades for Cancer marathon. It was a fun day where the children participated in a mini marathon around the campus. Moms were stationed at strategic places where children could stop for a water break or a chocolate to give them that extra boost of energy. The money raised was for cancer research.

In July we celebrated Mandela Day. Each grade brought in different things. The generosity shown by the children and parents was greatly appreciated. The collected items went to various organisations including the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Animals in Distress, Parktown North Methodist Church and Dlala Nje.

The staff peeled and chopped vegetables which were donated to the Parktown North Methodist Church to use in the meals that they provide for the homeless community.

Thank you to everyone who knitted and crocheted squares for the blanket drive as part of Mandela Day.

We also sold candles on behalf of the Itireleng Ikageng Aids Ministry. These candles were made by young boys and girls who attended a 6 week candle making training session. The project gives the young boys and girls who are the primary caregivers of their household the skills to empower themselves and it creates the opportunity for them to earn an income.

All year long the children have been collecting bread tags and bottle tops. The children have collected 1000kg in bottle tops and bread tags and as a result we will be helping two people get wheelchairs.

Kathy Calvin said “Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”

We thank our parents who give generously in helping us make a world of difference.