Stocky school supports Fairtrade Fortnight

BANANAS: Jake Mairs, 16, slipped into this little number to promote Fairtrade

PUPILS at Stockport School celebrated Fairtrade Fortnight by decorating the dining area in a Caribbean theme.

The school became the first Fairtrade School in the borough in June 2009.

Jake Mairs, deputy head boy and head of fairtrade at the school, dressed up as a banana to raise awareness of Fairtrade and to encourage pupils to switch to Fairtrade products.

Mairs, who leads the Fairtrade steering group, also organised Tradecraft Stalls at lunchtime and other activities that students could get involved in, such as Fairtrade truffle making, Fairtrade cake baking and selling Fairtrade flowers for Mother’s Day.

The 16-year-old also arranged a Limbo Competition in conjunction with the fortnight, which ran from the 22 February to 7 March 2010.

Catering staff at the school supported the event by dressing up and serving Caribbean themed foods to publicise Fairtrade products. The dining area sells a number of Fairtrade products such as bananas, tea and coffee.

The theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight is swapping but the goal is always the same; to get people talking and buying Fairtrade products.

Deputy head John Warren, said: “We are very proud of the work Jake and the team have done to ensure the fortnight has been a success.  The employees in the dining room are very supportive of school initiatives and always dress up to support the theme.”

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