By Suruchi Sharma

PENS, rulers and writing pads will be some of the gifts donated to schoolchildren in Belarus today through the contributions of a Radlett primary school.

The stationary was collected by more than 450 students at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, in Watling Street, for charity World Jewish Relief's (WJR) School Survival Project.

The charity is running the project on behalf of humanitarian aid charity Gifts in Kind and through the generosity of pupils hundreds of deprived children in Belarus will receive the stationary school survival kits.

This is the second year the school has been involved with the scheme, which was launched by Year 6 pupils last year following a lesson with a member of WJR.

Pupils learnt that children must bring in their own stationery to classes or risk not being able to take part in lessons in many countries across Eastern Europe where families face difficulties in affording these luxury items.

Roz Bluestone, Gifts in Kind manager for WJR, said: "It is really inspiring and humbling to see so many young people connecting with WJR and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of HJPS pupils, their teachers and their families.

"The survival kits will make a tangible difference to young lives in the Ukraine."

Gifts in Kind collects, stores and ships abroad new and nearly new goods.

Last year the charity sent ?4m worth of items such as winter clothing, footwear, basic sanitary items, school stationary, bedding and children's toys were sent to deprived communities across Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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