Generosity lifts school's spirits
Cards and parcels from all over NZANNA WILLIAMS
Seddon School students will be slurping on hot chocolates and munching on biscuits this Friday thanks to the generosity of strangers.
Acting principal Nick Raynor said the school had been inundated with cards, gifts and packages from people all over New Zealand since the 6.6 magnitude quake that shook Marlborough last week.
Almost $300 in donations had been received, while cards and parcels had arrived from Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and St Margaret's College in Christchurch.
Tomorrow, 125 students would be treated to morning tea courtesy of a package containing biscuits, drinking chocolate and marshmallows sent by a group of women in Christchurch, Mr Raynor said.
"They're all complete strangers," he said.
"It's the gesture that somebody has gone out of their way to reach out to the school and to the community."
One card read "we're thinking of you" and contained a cheque for $100 to "cheer the kids up".
"It's not like we've been appealing," Mr Raynor said.
"But there is only one school in Seddon, unlike Christchurch, so it is easier to support."
The student council would decide how the money would be spent, he said.
While Seddon residents had been supplying the school with home baking and doing volunteer work, people from other parts of the country probably felt like they could not do anything to help, he said.
He was overwhelmed by the amount of generosity Seddon had received since the quake.
"All the volunteers who were here in the weekend who left their own families to come and help the community," he said.
"It blew me away."
- The Marlborough Express