Students and staff at Oasis Academy Coulsdon have created a new campaign where they have pledged to deliver ‘1000 Miracles for Christmas’, doing small acts of kindness in their local community over the last few weeks of term before the Christmas break.
Students and staff were invited to come up with their own ideas for a ‘Christmas miracle’, before the Academy community put them into action.
For example, 300 Christmas cards have been hand delivered to neighbouring homes, each with a message inside inviting residents in to the Academy for a Christmas celebration with carols, student performances and festive refreshments.
Students have been out and about in Old Coulsdon town centre to pass out 200 chocolates to shoppers as an act of kindness, and thanks to the work of some student ‘elves’ 120 local reception children enjoyed a visit from Father Christmas.
In the Academy students have been thinking of those less fortunate than they are. They have been conducting collections for 30 food hampers to go to local families, as well as making 266 donations to Purley Food Hub, and have raised funds for 10 places for the homeless being provided by charity, Crisis.
And what would Christmas be without a present under the tree? Students and staff have been making donations to pay for 55 toys from the St George’s Hospital Amazon gift-list appeal – worth over £550 - providing children who are in hospital over Christmas with some gifts, and gifted a mountain bike to a charity that works with vulnerable families in Croydon.
Principal of Oasis Academy Coulsdon, Andy Booth, says “This is a student-led initiative where our young people want to give back to the local community.”
“They have been engaged, creative and generous in coming up with ideas and then taking action, and they are making a real impact. Thanks as ever to our parents and staff who have been so supportive of our young people.”
The Academy’s school dinner provider, Sodexo, and Tesco Caterham generously donated seasonal treats for the food hampers, and Rolling on Cycles serviced the mountain bike gift for free.