Pupils helping Libyan family

Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay have found out that the money they raised �596 from their Christmas concert to buy a Rotary International Shelter Box has gone to help families in Lybia. Pictured are Lulu Bell-Gardner and Cameron Fraser.

Valley Gardens Middle School in Whitley Bay have found out that the money they raised �596 from their Christmas concert to buy a Rotary International Shelter Box has gone to help families in Lybia. Pictured are Lulu Bell-Gardner and Cameron Fraser.

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A FAMILY who lost their home in the conflict in Libya have been given shelter thanks to the generosity of students at a Whitley Bay school.

Pupils at Valley Gardens Middle School held a carol service at St Mary’s Church in Monkseaton last December where donations were made to the shelter box scheme organised by Rotary International.

A shelter box provides a family, who have been displaced through disaster or conflict, with basic shelter and essentials.

And thanks to being able to track all the boxes, Rotary International were able to tell Valley Gardens’ pupils and staff where the box had ended up.

Headteacher Michael Homer said: “When we returned to school, we received a letter informing us that the Valley Gardens shelter box had been donated to a family in Libya.

“Obviously, we had seen the situation in Libya unfolding on the news during the summer and it has been really positive for our youngsters to be able to relate to what has been happening there.

“We have a strong tradition of active citizenship and in this particular example, our pupils have been able to see a concrete example of how they can help others on another continent.”