Youngsters learn about fairtrade

Children from Oakridge School performing a speacial fairtrade play''Ryan O'Brien, Carl McCristall, Emily Thompson, Grace Cook, Ben Duell, Jordan Ingham and Daniel Newton''w111024    Picture: Ceri Oakes

Children from Oakridge School performing a speacial fairtrade play''Ryan O'Brien, Carl McCristall, Emily Thompson, Grace Cook, Ben Duell, Jordan Ingham and Daniel Newton''w111024 Picture: Ceri Oakes

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PUPILS at Oakridge Primary School in Hinderwell spent a week learning about the Fairtrade organisation.

Oakridge is one of the area’s smallest schools but all its 40 pupils took part in the event, including the youngest in the school’s nursery.

Headteacher Nance Wrigley said that during the week the younger ones, aged three to seven, researched cocoa and cotton and the school’s art club members made Fairtrade bunting using string and paper.

The older children aged seven to eleven studied the growing of bananas and cocoa.

Mrs Wrigley said: “They also walked to the Co-op in Staithes and bought Fairtrade bananas and cocoa.

“When they got back they each made a Fairtrade banana loaf with chocolate in it to take home.”

At the end of the week five of the older children with two of the younger ones performed a play about cocoa beans.

The children also had a visit from Pam Shepherd, the local Fairtrade organiser. She told them about cocoa bean growers who used to be exploited but now with the help of Fairtrade, get fair prices for their produce.