Teacher tells class to donate to foodbank instead of buying her gifts
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A primary school teacher has asked her pupils not to buy her any Christmas presents this year, but to help her donate to a local foodbank instead. Kate McLaughlan, from Newark Primary School in Port Glasgow, Scotland, explained in a letter to parents and carers that the donations to Inverclyde Foodbank will teach the children “the spirit of giving and kindness”. She will send blank envelopes home with the pupils into which donations can be placed, before the students will gather together on December 17 to count the money and write a shopping list for the foodbank. “Please do not feel you have to donate and if you do choose to, then £1 is plenty,” wrote Mrs McLaughlan. “This is about teaching the children about the spirit of giving and kindness, not about raising record breaking amounts.” Parent to seven-year-old pupil Sofia, Linsey Milloy posted the letter to Facebook where it has been shared thousands of times. “I was really touched by the generosity of Mrs McLaughlan,” the 37-year-old told the Press Association. “I think this shows everyone the true spirit of Christmas and am proud that my daughter’s class will be part of this. “Doing all of this gives them great experience in social learning and it’s an excellent example to set to our children.” Mrs McLaughlan said in the letter she had been overwhelmed by the “kind and thoughtful” gifts given to her by her pupils last year, which included chocolates, jewellery, and bath products.
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