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KAS Community Support for Ukraine

21st March 22

As a school community we pride ourselves on helping others whenever and wherever we can. The news of war in Ukraine was something we knew we had to respond to and the students, staff and parents of King Alfred all felt the need to help.

Ljudmila and Ivanna from our amazing cleaning team are both from Ukraine and (with help from school Nurse, Magda) asked us to support the efforts of their Ukrainian community in the UK who were sending items to their home country which were urgently needed. Students helped to sort and pack the donations (of which there were many!) Through their direct contact with volunteers on the ground, the KAS community was able to send a van load of vital resources including first aid kits, stretchers, bandages, medical supplies, toiletries and small electrical items.

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In Manor Wood, Lower School students planned a fundraising fete and concert where village fair style games and stalls were manned by students during a morning and afternoon sessions alongside a concert by Year 5 band Galaxy. The fete had been planned by the Reading Ambassadors team to tie in with World Book Day but they felt strongly that the fundraising focus should shift to supporting the Ukrainian people.

Each class organised a stall with games or activities and all children were given time to swap roles and visit the stalls. Activities included tarot reading, face painting, book throwing (we’re not sure we condone this!) a treasure hunt, lucky dip and egg and spoon races.

Galaxy played at pick up time, asking for donations from their audience, and there were food stalls and handmade badges made by Michelle in Y4 and her friends.

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Over on Ivy Wood the youngest members of our community brought in all the change they could find for a coin trail. They placed their coins in a long line to see how far their fundraising could reach.

Together the two events raised over £3471 which was donated to East Europe Foundation’s Shelter Project.

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Our Old Alfredian office (aided by a small band of Sixth Formers) braved the rain to encourage parents to ‘Plant a Tree for 2023’ in celebration of KAS turning 125 next year. The school had recently planted a new hedge with trees from The Tree Council and The Tree Appeal and we had surplus saplings. Trees were given away but donations to the KAS Ukraine fundraising were encouraged! They raised just over £175.

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