The mammoth efforts made by pupils at Glenwood High School have proved community spirit is alive and well in Glenrothes this Christmas.
For classmates and staff have combined their efforts to bring some festive goodwill to no less than seven local groups and charities in the town.
As is customary at this time of year, the school’s annual food collection was made up into a number of Christmas food hampers before pupils embarked on delivering them to a number of local care homes and elderly residents in the region.
And so successful was the food collection in the lead up to December, it allowed the school to make a sizeable donation to Glenrothes Foodbank, which is working hard keep people from going hungry over the festive period.
Eight pupils also volunteered their services to help with distribution at the Pentland Court distribution office.
Maureen Power, foodbank co-ordinator, was quick to praise the pupils’ efforts.
“It’s a lovely gesture and heart-warming to know young people at Glenwood High School are willing to go the extra mile to help those less fortunate than themselves. They must be commended,” said Maureen.
Other worthy recipients to benefit were Glenrothes YMCA, which received a number of blankets made by staff and others bought with money donated by pupils, while elderly residents attending St Ninian’s day care centre were presented with home made scarves ans gifts.
Mary Hill, Glenrothes YMCA director, told the Gazette the the school had made a “fantastic gesture”.
Women’s Aid also welcomed a donation of gifts after a group of fourth year students contacted a number of local businesses to offer support.
And youngsters facing the prospect of Christmas in hospital were not forgotten when the school contacted major Fife employer Amazon, who kindly sent over 35 soft toys which the pupils donated to the neo-natal unit at Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy.