By Paul O’Malley
Pupils from a north Mayo primary school made a very special, heartfelt and worthwhile contribution that will make a big difference in the lives of Ukrainian refugees who have had to resettle in Mayo.
The children from St Joseph’s National School in Killala raised a total of €500 for the Ballina Family Resource Centre (FRC) by holding a bake sale and a one-minute challenge. The Killala contribution, in tandem with donations from other local national schools, will allow the FRC to hold English language summer camps for young Ukrainian children to help them continue their studies in a fun and interactive manner over the summer holiday break from school.
The Killala students presented the funds they raised to Shirley Moyles from the Ballina FRC at a special celebration last Friday. A group of Ukrainians living in Ballina also travelled out to the school and were treated to a wonderful display of Irish singing, dancing, music, and ukulele playing by the Killala NS students. Ms Moyles explained to the Western People that the students’ contribution is important for many different reasons.
“The parents are doing English lessons every morning through the ETB and the plan is to continue that through the summer. However, they won’t be able to attend if their children aren’t in school.
“So we’ve worked with them to decide times and have planned an English language activity camp. It provides the children with a chance to maintain their level of English while at the same time freeing the parents to attend their English classes. We are really grateful for the contribution that the children from Killala National School have made.”