A little girl with a huge heart
Published on: 08 Jun 2015
WHEN Megan Ricketts was set a homework challenge, she went above and beyond the call of duty.
The five-year-old reception pupil at Barley Close Primary School spent hours making sandwiches before heading for the streets of Bristol to hand them out to homeless people.
Every pupil at the Mangotsfield school was asked to complete a project during the Easter holidays that would benefit their community.
When Megan, who lives in Staple Hill, returned from the break to show a photo collage of what she had been up to, staff were bowled over by her ‘kind and inspiring’ effort.
Class teacher Claire Perry said: “The children were asked to do something related to their community which had a social or moral message or which could benefit their community in some way.
“Lots of children did things like make posters advertising local events or researched another culture but Megan decided she’d like to give out food and help people who didn’t have their own food.
“She made a lot of sandwiches with her parents and went around Bristol handing them to homeless people. She also took bottles of water and dog biscuits because some of the homeless people had animals.
“After Megan was back at school she stood up and told all the children what she had done and why she had done it.
“Having spoken to her mum, it was what Megan wanted to do rather than what her parents pushed her to do.
“Megan has taken it all in her stride but everyone else has made such a fuss of how impressed they were. She completely understood what she had done and why she had done it and felt she just wanted to help people who didn’t have any food. It was really touching and a lovely thing to do.”