Schools from around the archdiocese have been brightening up for Harvest with our education volunteers. Ann Hayes looks at what some schools have been getting up to.
It’s been wonderful to see so many schools involved with CAFOD this Harvest, learning
about poverty and injustice and how they can take action to support our brothers and sisters overseas.
This term, 50 schools have been visited by CAFOD Education Volunteers, who have been sharing the stories of children in Bolivia, as well as delivering workshops on Laudato Si and the Year of Mercy. We’ve worked with lots of schools this Harvest, so here is just a snapshot of what has been going on.
Through the work of these volunteers students in schools across Liverpool Archdiocese have been inspired to support
communities living in poverty. Doreen, a volunteer said, ‘We were presented with a cheque yesterday from St Cuthbert’s, Wigan. Following the CAFOD Harvest presentation, the children of St. Cuthbert’s, Wigan organised a fundraising event. The children each paid £1 to come in their own clothes and ‘Brighten Up for Harvest’. They also took part in activities and lessons based on the CAFOD PowerPoint they had seen. The cheque was presented by the newly-appointed Head Girl and Head Boy Freya and John-Joe. It was wonderful to hear the children speak enthusiastically about fundraising success!’
At St Peter’s High School, students also decided to brighten up their uniform, with bright
ties! Miss Kerrigan said: ‘My year 9 pupils have raised over £100 today for CAFOD by donating money to wear colourful ties. Everyone was smiling all day! They looked fantastic in their bright ties.’
Mrs Roberts, Headteacher at Holy Family Primary School, told us how her Year Six students have taught the whole school about CAFOD:
‘Year 6 children presented a thought provoking assembly to the whole school and their parents. They told us the story of Ruben and his family who live in Bolivia and how CAFOD is helping his community. The children also sang harvest songs and we all prayed together. We raised £211. They really made us feel bright and colourful, ready for our Harvest celebrations.’
‘To see our children and our families coming together and making such a positive contribution to the wider world was, and always is, a privilege. The highlight of the day for me was to hear the voices of over 200 children ring out singing that they are the future. As a Headteacher, I couldn’t be prouder of our school community and their passion for doing good for others.’
I echo Mrs Roberts words, it’s a real joy of my job to be able to hear from volunteers about all our wonderful schools, particularly the compassion and kindness they show for our brothers and sisters living in poverty. Thank you so much to all our volunteers who have shared the work of CAFOD in schools this term, and to schools for showing such generosity this Harvest.
If you’d like to teach children and young people about poverty and injustice, and inspire them to make a difference as a CAFOD Schools Volunteer, get in touch.