Gosport school takes up initiative to help others during the coronavirus pandemic

A SCHOOL has been transformed into a community hub to support those who are most vulnerable during the coronavirus outbreak.

Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 12:00 pm
Updated Wednesday, 20th May 2020, 12:10 pm

Newtown C of E Primary School in Queen’s Road, Gosport, has joined the national Share the Miracle initiative, which aims to instill kindness and generosity among young people as they help out others who need their support.

In spite of the lockdown, staff and students alike at the school have been using the virus pandemic to strengthen their ties with the community.

From creating a food bank for families to writing letters for NHS workers in the surrounding area, everyone at the school is dedicated to putting smiles on the faces of others.

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Pizza is served for keyworkers and their family. Picture: Newtown C of E Primary

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Emma Howlett, the school’s headteacher, said: ‘I am so proud of the children and staff at Newtown C of E Primary School.

‘During this unsettling period, we have not only been courageous and resilient but have become a real community hub for all those in Gosport and have continued to share the miracle to transform the lives of the local community.’

The Share the Miracle initiative has allowed students and teachers to form friendships between one another, as well as lifting spirits in their community.

Workers at QA Hospital in Cosham with one of the school hampers. Picture: Newtown C of E Primary School

It’s not just big showcases of generosity either – students have delivered a roast dinner to a local neighbour, given hampers to parents and set up a dance class for their teachers.

But they haven't been alone in their endeavours, with help coming in from businesses in the surrounding area.

Lee Book Shop helped the students to create hampers for NHS staff, Dominos Pizza helped them to have a pizza party for key worker families and Morrisons donated Easter eggs for pupils to hand out as well.

The Share the Miracle initiative aims to ‘put a dent in loneliness’ through intergenerational displays of kindness.

Schools across the country have been getting involved in the campaign, such as Richmond Park Academy School in London and Ropley CE Primary School near Alresford.

For more information about the scheme, people can go to sharethemiracle.org.

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