School takes a step to Fairtrade

Pupils at Grange View CE First School, Widdrington, take a step for Fairtrade
Pupils at Grange View CE First School, Widdrington, take a step for Fairtrade

A VILLAGE school has taken another step towards Fairtrade status after organising a number of events.

Grange View CE First School in Widdrington Station took part in the activities, which aim to help people earn a living in the developing world, to celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight.

Pupils set up a Fairtrade cake and biscuit stall, organised a raffle, researched the availability of Fairtrade produce and made pledges towards using such goods.

They were assisted in their efforts by the local Co-operative Food Store.

International School Co-ordinator, and member of the school’s Fairtrade steering committee, Sue Charlton said: “As a school we are aiming towards Fairtrade School status, which to us is the next step in our journey to develop our International School work and Church School ethos.

“Our overall aim is to heighten children’s and adults’ awareness of Fairtrade produce and what it means for such produce to show the Fairtrade logo.

“Fairtrade Fortnight only forms part of the school’s commitment to Fairtrade as already we have researched our own use of Fairtrade products and held a pancake tasting event using Fairtrade fillings.”

Traidcraft Fair Trade School team member Emma Jewitt said: “We’re delighted that pupils at Grange View CE First School are supporting fair trade.

“We’re asking that pupils take just one step, whether that be a small event or a big event involving the whole school, to make fair trade part of their everyday lives and in turn help families to flourish in the developing world.”