Stationery for Wingfield learners

2018-01-23 06:00
The GrandWest team has given Wingfield Primary School in Kensington a great start to the year.

The GrandWest team has given Wingfield Primary School in Kensington a great start to the year.

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About 140 foundation phase learners at Wingfield Primary School had a great start to their academic year as they received a stationery donation from GrandWest on Friday 19 ­January.

This donation was part of the company’s stationery drive project that was started last year. It is run through a staff volunteer team, and both Grade R and Grade 1 learners ­benefited.

School principal, Ridiwaan van der Heyden, says this is a much-needed contribution as many parents with children at the school cannot afford to buy full stationery. He says each learner received about 99% of the stationery they need.

“GrandWest is doing a very good job in terms of giving back to the community. The expressions on these children’s faces were priceless. They actually clung onto their boxes as they were extremely excited,” says Van der Heyden.

“This does not only benefit the learners but the rest of the school as well, as it will make work much easier for the staff. Even performance can be expected to improve.”

He describes Wingfield as a poor school that is caught up in the centre of a poor community. The boxes contain back-to-school essentials like exercise books, pencils, erasers, flip files, rulers, scissors, colouring books, colouring pencils, reams of paper, coloured paper and puzzles.

Heidi Edson, socio-economic development manager at Sun International, says they understand that stationery is important as children cannot get the full benefit of their lessons without it, yet it can be such a huge expense for some parents. She says it is for this reason that they started this drive.

“We started this stationery drive project last year when we donated stationery to Easter Peak School in Manenberg. We are delighted that our staff volunteered their time to pack boxes of stationery for these deserving learners.”

The relationship between the school and its donors was sealed in September last year, on Literacy Day, when GrandWest donated library corners and books.

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