Why did we get involved?
Helping others in our community forms a big part of who Rap Interiors are. We are a family business established since 1988 and have a strong ethos for “giving back”. In 2018 and 2019 we provided food and gifts for the Homeless in Maidstone.
This proved to be a huge success in 2019, where we fed over 360 people along with presents for all, supported by other Kent companies, suppliers and schools – Holy Family being one of them.
Mellissa Barrington from the HTC school approached us with their Elmer fundraiser and asked if there was any way we could be of assistance.
Of course, we were happy to oblige and decided to run a poetry competition throughout the school, pledging to donate £2 for every child who entered. This would help raise £400 towards their £700 target.
The loveable patchwork elephant, created by David McKee, is learnt about in schools across the nation with its themes of positively, diversity, inclusivity, courage and friendship.
We wanted the children to be inspired by this and thought the best way was to produce poems, where they could be creative with words and see beyond the colourful elephant, and what he meant to them.
The poem competition was open for participation throughout the school for all age groups to enter in which the best from each year (reception to year 6) would win a prize which was judged by our Head Office team.
Overall, we had 168 students enter, each year group taking a different approach on their poem.
Year R focused on simply why they liked Elmer.
Year 1 why was Elmer the best
Year 2 had to write an Acrostic along with their own drawings of Elmer
Year 3 transformed the story into a poem shaped like Elmer
Year 4 focused on Acrostic poems with the word Elmer
Year 5 looked at the key messages of Elmer including family and friendship
Year 6 wrote poems along the theme of why it was okay to be different
With such diversity of style and entries everyone at Rap got involved from the projects team to accounts.