Pictured above: St Matthias School pupils Lesley, Kwaku and Kofi Wiredu with their mum collecting their creative toolkits from the school.
We are delighted to have delivered beautiful art boxes brimming with pens, paints and paper to the homes of all 232 pupils at St Matthias School in Wordsworth Road.
After discovering that a number of the school’s families haven’t had access to the internet or creative resources at home to teach children during lockdown, we worked with Head Teacher Lucy Blewett and school staff to see what we could do to help.
We donated £4,000 so every child would receive their very own creative toolkit, consisting of crayons and paints, chalks, sketchbooks, cards and modelling clay – and all be able to undertake creative challenges set by their teachers whilst at home.
“At such a challenging time, this creative toolkit has brought such joy to our school community,” says St Matthias Head Teacher Lucy Blewett. ‘Our locked down children now have the tools to let their imaginations run wild. They can create and express themselves, and also fulfil tasks we are setting.”
Says charity chair Nicolas Johnson: “We are delighted to have had this opportunity to work with St Matthias School to give every pupil the tools to engage their creativity during lockdown, particularly as the normal activities for local children that we sponsor have to be suspended.”
Lucy Blewett adds that having to stay at home has been particularly challenging and increased the pressure for many families with few resources.
“They say boredom sparks creativity. This amazing gift for every child will allow us to harness that creativity through these very difficult times. A gift for now and the future. We are so grateful to Dissenters arts N16 for making this possible. !t has put a spring in everyone’s step and a smile on all our faces.”
We are also working to bring creative resources to the 70 families supported by Akwaaba, Hackney’s social centre for migrants. Read more here
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