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In Pictures: Laois school to the fore as a shoebox hopes to bring joy with Team Hope

Team Hope collaborated with schools, teachers, students and parents to bring the Team Hope dream alive this week.

The shoebox appeal is about confirming hope, creating awareness and teaching compassion.

On Monday, Team Hope collected many festive shoeboxes, filled with fun, sweets and toys in Mountrath Community School for the annual Christmas appeal.

For many kids in the developing world, this festive box may be the only gift that they will receive.

Ms Anne Moore, the chaplain and organising teacher spoke about what the shoebox means.

She said: “It is such a unique and meaningful way for the students to reach out to vulnerable children in the developing world and to bring a little joy to them at Christmas.”

First year student Molly Kelly said that everyone that made up a shoebox really enjoyed the task.

She said: “It’s fun filling up the box with sweets, colouring pencils, toy, sweets and other treats.”

First year Ben Fitzpatrick said that it was hard to imagine how many children in the developing world could be without presents at Christmas. It was no bother to fill a shoebox.

Ms Kathryn O’Brien, principal, commented that it was great to see all the shoeboxes donated to Team Hope and such a project gives the students an active role in empowering others and real compassion.

Check out some pictures below:

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.