A group of Lutterworth High School students spent their summer holidays co-ordinating a collection for children in Kosovo who are unable to attend school unless they have a complete school uniform.
Charlotte Henderson, Lindsay Scott and Molly Ramsay undertook the collection after the high school changed its uniform at the start of the term.
Charlotte said there was a danger that much of the uniform would be thrown away.
She added: “When Lutterworth High School announced a uniform change for September we realised that an opportunity existed to help make a difference.
“The three of us brainstormed ideas and asked to see our head teacher Mrs [Nora] Parker.
“We were a little scared to bring up our idea but we asked if we could have permission to set up a uniform collection project to do something useful with the old uniform that was bound to be thrown away because of the uniform change.”
The girls contacted Charles Storer of Hope and Aid Direct, a UK based charity providing aid in the Balkans, and he said he was delighted with their proposal to collect uniform to be used by school children in the Kosovo region.
He told the girls that children are unable to attend school unless they come fully equipped and dressed and so are unable to attend school without a uniform.
The girls worked out the organisational problems of the collection as the end of term was approaching so they arranged and led assemblies to the whole school and publicised what they wanted to do on the website and other social media.
The uniforms flooded in. Lindsay said: “A sea of bags were collected in the school hall over the summer and we came into school over the holidays to sort and pack the uniform into boxes of the same type – girls skirts, boys trousers, sweat shirts, polo shirts and so on.”
The girls sorted and packed 67 large boxes which were collected by the charity this week and will leave for Kosovo on the next convoy in October.
Molly added: “We wish them a safe journey and send our best wishes to the children who we hope will be happy with what the students have achieved.”