Welcome stationery donation brings joy

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THE Grade 5C class at New Generation Primary School got a very welcome surprise when they were visited by PnA mascot Penny recently.

HAPPY FACES: Grade 5C, with teacher Bernie Nel, back left, from New Generation Primary, show their appreciation to PnA mascot Penny and the donation they received from the stationers Picture: ETHIENNE ARENDS

Penny, accompanied by PnA East London’s marketing executive, Maryke Fuls, and manager, Heinrich Fuls, did not come empty-handed. They donated stationery packs that included pens, pencil sharpeners, pencils, rulers and more, with even a sweet treat in the goodie bags handed over to each child.

Many children at the school cannot afford to buy basic stationery as they come from very poor homes.

Class teacher Bernie Nel was really thankful to PnA for the donation: “I cannot find the words to explain my gratitude.

TEACHER’S TREAT: Even class teacher Bernie Nel received a gift from PnA mascot, Penny. The PnA team, including marketing assistant Maryke Fuls (right), visited the impoverished school to hand out stationery packs Picture: ETHIENNE ARENDS

“January is often just a tough month. Starting the school year is never easy as most children often don’t have basic stationery needs, which affects teaching and learning negatively.

“One of the challenges I face as a teacher is that I struggle with supplies like rulers, pencils, pens and rubbers, which I often buy out of my own pocket,” Nel said.

“PnA have really blessed my class and made them so happy, they couldn’t stop talking about Penny and the smiles on their faces were priceless.

“The generous support from companies like yours makes it possible for me to give my best, knowing my children have the basic stationery they need to make teaching and learning run smoother.”

Lithemba Zimela, 10, could not hide his excitement, jumping up from his seat to hug Penny when the mascot was still busy handing out goodie bags in another row.

“[Getting these stationery goodie bags] is like a dream come true. I’m so happy with it,” enthused young Zimela.

Maryke Fuls said: “We believe in giving back to the community, and in doing so we are investing positively in our community.”

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