Clayesmorians pack backpacks full of hope for the homeless community
Three Clayesmorians are exemplifying the values of kindness, hope and service in their work for the charity they started earlier this year, Project Backpack. Sixth Form students Cameron and Alice, along with Max from Year 11, have provided 40 backpacks filled with essential items for hygiene and keeping warm for local homeless people in Dorset. The three also enlisted the help of other teenagers from the Blandford Forum area, as well as secured donations from local businesses and individuals.
The backpacks contain essential items of clothing, such as socks, hats and gloves, as well as sanitary and first aid products. They are distributed through local homeless shelters to people living on the streets.
Through their action to help the homeless, Alice, Cameron and Max are living up to the Clayesmore mission of instilling in its pupils awareness of the needs of others and of the moral issues and responsibilities that surround them, not only at school but as members of their community and as global citizens. Thanks to their leadership with Project Backpack, other people also get the opportunity to contribute to the community they live in, and in a small but essential way improve the existence of those without a roof over their heads.
The Clayesmore trio set up Project Backpack in Dorset as part of their involvement in the National Citizen Service, which is aimed at 16-18–year-olds for undertaking voluntary work and building skills for life, in the interest of personal and social development.
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