Neale-Wade Academy students fill 200 shoeboxes for orphan children in Syria

Students at Neale-Wade Academy filled 200 shoeboxes with toys, stationary, toiletries and sweets for

Students at Neale-Wade Academy filled 200 shoeboxes with toys, stationary, toiletries and sweets for orphan children in Syria. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Students in March ended their school year on a high by filling 200 shoeboxes with toys, stationery, toiletries and sweets for orphan children in Syria.

Neale-Wade Academy pupils from Year 7 through to Year 12 helped fill the boxes as part of the project which was led by Atif Iqbal, Year 8 progress leader, to “do something kind for the less fortunate”.

He said: “We are grateful to the parents, students and staff at Neale-Wade Academy for all their support in ensuring this project is such a great success”.

The boxes will be sent via a UK-registered charity and distributed to orphan children of a school within Idlib in Syria.

In 2016 Mr Iqbal challenged all form groups at the school to decorate and fill boxes donated by Smurfit Kappa with non-perishable food items for the local foodbank.

At the time, Jason Wing, executive principal said: “This is a fantastic effort by our students, ably supported by their parents, to give something back to those less fortunate at this time of year.”