Bonnyrigg children tuck in to help Fairtrade

BONNYRIGG: Hawthornden Primary. Pupils at the Fairtraid tuck shop.''LtoR Declan Quinn, Emily Forrest, Ellie McKenna & Jack Mitchell
BONNYRIGG: Hawthornden Primary. Pupils at the Fairtraid tuck shop.''LtoR Declan Quinn, Emily Forrest, Ellie McKenna & Jack Mitchell

Through various events at school, pupils at Hawthornden Primary in Bonnyrigg raised more than £215 during Fairtrade Fortnight.

Youngsters in class P5b organised a tuck shop for their pals. The project saw children organise themselves into five departments and elect a leader for each section. Heading up each department were Ellie McKenna (management), Declan Quinn (finance), Marc McNulty (buyers), Emily Forrest (advertising) and Taylor Kelly (market research).

Class members studied Fairtrade and researched information before selecting a list of potential products and carrying out market research. The most popular products – Geo (health) Bars, Crispy Caramel Bars and Pineapple Pots – were selected and ordered.

The management department then visited Lasswade Primary School, which has established its own Fairtrade tuck shop, in order to observe and take note of operations there. They also asked questions before feeding that information back to classmates.

Meanwhile, the advertising department prepared letters for parents and carers, and created posters which were put on display around the school. The department also decorated a sales table and spoke directly to other children during weekly assemblies.

The finance department prepared a daily sales spreadsheet, and liaised with the school office about cash floats and banking arrangements. It also carried out stocktaking when products began to arrive.

Other Fairtrade initiatives at the school included a fashion show, to which local parents were invited. When the tuck shop was launched on March 1 for pupils in P1-4, children were delighted to achieve £52.69 of sales on the first day.

Teacher Scott Kearsey said: “The children are really keen to continue the tuck shop in the months ahead. We hope that all our work will show that Hawthornden is keen to promote Fairtrade initiatives.”