Nicolson’s goods collection success

DONATION: Nicolson Avenue Primary School Teacher Mrs Spangenberg (blue shirt), with students who worked together to collect over 600 cans for the Salvation Army.
DONATION: Nicolson Avenue Primary School Teacher Mrs Spangenberg (blue shirt), with students who worked together to collect over 600 cans for the Salvation Army.

Students at Nicolson Avenue Primary School recently challenged themselves to collect as many cans of food as possible to donate to the Salvation Army.

It felt good to help out for a good cause. It means some families will save money and have something to eat.

Samantha Pengilly

At the end of their hard work, a total of 687 cans will be used by the local salvation Army to stock up their cafe on Viscount Slim Avenue.

The idea came from the Anti Poverty Action Team, a group of students who work together to come up with new initiatives.

Student Samantha Pengilly said posters were put up around the school to advertise the challenge, with a two week deadline for collecting cans.

“It felt good to help out for a good cause. It means some families will save money and have something to eat,” she said.

“For the past week we gave up our recess and lunch time to collect the cans and stack them together. On Thursday we took every single can and stacked them in the gym, some other people helpedout as well.”

From Reception to Year 7 every class in the school participated in the challenge, with Room 6 collecting the most with 119.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Amy Jones had her car packed full of canned goods to take back to the local cafe.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Amy Jones had her car packed full of canned goods to take back to the local cafe.

“We didn’t think we were going to get that many cans, we only thought we would collect around 200. We were all surprised by Room 6’s efforts,” Samantha said.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Amy Jones said the donation was ‘amazing’.

“There are so many people in need in this community, so many struggling families. To have this school contact me and tell me what they’ve done is a blessing,” she said.