They’ve raided piggy banks and pestered parents and now Wentworth Falls Public School students have been able to put their five cents worth towards a cause they believe in — the homeless.
The initiative was sparked by the school’s Student Representative Council and involved students bringing in five cent pieces to help pay for the free meals being doled out by Soul Kitchen in Katoomba on the weekends.
Last week the school had raised more than $800 which would almost cover eight weeks of Sunday lunches.
“It’s important for them to feel part of the community,” said 5/6 teacher Helen Thompson.
“Our principal Michele Hedge really wanted us to do something for the community. If they [the students] have respect for the whole community it will make them value it and feel a part of the community,” she said.
“Five cents was easy, but it all adds up,” said Miss Thompson, who is running the project with fellow teacher Helen Hodgetts.
Blue Mountains Soul Kitchen spokeswoman Sarah McLoughlin said Wentworth Falls was one of three schools (Blue Mountains Grammar Junior School and Winmalee High are the other two) who had put their hands up to help the struggling non-profit group meet their bills.
“It means the world to us that your school cares enough,” Ms McLoughlin wrote in the school newsletter.
“It will purchase food to create nourishing meals for our guests, some of whom may be experiencing hardship including homelessness, poverty, illness or loneliness.”
Soul Kitchen started in December last year. It is run out of the Senior Citizens Dining Hall at Katoomba Civic Centre off Katoomba Street. Ms McLoughlin said the kitchen feeds between 40 and 50 people between 10am and 2pm each Sunday.
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