By Tim Nuttall
Roos C of E Primary School has held its annual harvest festival celebration, which culminated in a generous donation of non-perishable food items to a local food bank.
Held throughout September and October across the UK, harvest festivals offer farming communities an opportunity to give thanks for a successful crop yield in a tradition that dates back to Pagan times. Such festivals also provide a platform for individuals to explore personal gratitude for the love and support of family, friends and their wider community.
As part of this year’s celebrations on October 21, which featured poems, prayers and songs, parents and carers joined staff, pupils and Rev John McWilliams for a morning of thanksgiving at the school.
The fortnight preceding the event saw the generosity of the Roos community shine through, with a sizeable number of donations, including pasta, coffee, soups and cereals, being collected for the festival.
Head teacher Aimee Christian said: “We feel the harvest festival is such an important celebration, especially given the rural location of our school. All classes took part in the celebrations by completing artwork, writing poems and prayers, and even singing some brilliant harvest songs.
“We are thrilled with the generous donations, which we know have been very gratefully received by Shores Pantry, to support local people. A huge thank you from us all at the school to our local community for their kind donations this harvest.”
Shores CEO Jayne Nendick said: “Once again the generosity of the local community has been overwhelming and is so appreciated.
“Donations such as those from Roos School go to show how amazing the community spirit is throughout Holderness, with individuals and organisations clearly committed to supporting those who are in need of extra support.
“I would like to thank Roos School for their support, with a special thanks to everyone who has donated.”