Pupils at St Patrick’s Primary School in Bray have made up 200 dignity packs to help the homeless.
25 of these packs were handed over to Bray Women's Refuge as part of the school’s celebration of International Women’s Day.
The Student Council and the Parents Association collaborated on the project. Members of the Student Council had a brainstorming session to thnk about what should be included in the dignity packs.
Each class was asked to bring in specific items for the dignity packs including baby wipes, toothpaste, deodorant and sun cream.
€780 raised from the Christmas Colours Day was also used towards buying stock for the dignity packs.
The pupils were inspired by former Loreto Bray student Molly Comish, who came up with the idea of the dignity pack in 2015. Each pack includes basic items that a person who is homeless may need on a daily basis. 100 packs were put together for men and 100 for women. 25 of the packs for women were donated to the women's refuge.
There was huge support for the project from the entire school community. Each class was included in the production line over several days to pack the dignity packs.
Ciara, a member of the Student Council, said “different classes came in and put the items in the bags. The infants classes helped to bring them to the car".
A representative from the refugee visited the school to accept the 25 dignity packs, which had been especially packed with treats and other self-care items by the pupils. Classes also learnt about the important work of the women's refuge during this visit.
Aimee, a member of the Student Council, said they hope the dignity packs will help those who receive them.
"Making a small difference can make a big difference,” she said.
As part of their International Women’s Day celebrations, the senior classes held an exhibition in the school of projects inspired by influential women including Rose Parks, Katie Taylor, Michele Obama and many more. Each class had the chance to visit the exhibition and see the beautiful artworks.
The Student Council thanked everyone who supported the project including the school community, their teachers, the Board of Management and the Parents’ Association.