Year 6 students at Spinfield School have been putting their creative and entrepreneurial skills to the test producing and selling eco bags for life made from unwanted bed linen as part of their British Council International School Award.
Not only are the students converting household waste into useful items, but they have chosen to fundraise through the sale of these bags in aid of Marlow Refugee Action, a local charity who supports projects working with refugees and asylum seekers both locally and across the world. The students made 32 bags, raising £211. In addition, children in Spinfield’s link school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan also made some eco shoppers as part of this collaborative Social Enterprise Project . These shoppers were sent to Spinfield by post and then raffled, raising a further £94. The total raised is £305.
Chair of Marlow Refugee Action, Tania Baldwin-Pask was delighted to receive the support of these entrepreneurial students.
“We are so grateful to the pupils of Spinfield School for supporting Marlow Refugee Action and the projects we partner with. These funds will be used to support fellow school students living in refugee camps on the island of Chios through our partner, Action for Education.
“This funding will be used to buy educational materials for the students, allowing them to progress with their studies in just the same way as students here in Marlow. They need books, worksheets and stationary; and this donation will cover these costs for around one school term.
“We were particularly impressed that the students of Spinfield connected an environmental project to our work with refugees. As climate change continues to affect us all, more people all over the world will become displaced, and so this initiative not only shows outstanding ingenuity and entrepreneurial skills, but also a very mature understanding of the interconnected nature of people and planet.”
One of the students in the class said of the project “Our class created a Social Enterprise project as part of our work towards the British Council’s International School Award. We wanted to produce a sustainable product to support a worthy charity: Marlow Refugee Action. We are children helping other children. Our Eco-Shoppers are sustainable, fun to make and use, and most importantly they help support the welfare and education of less fortunate refugee children.” Head teacher Jayne Spreadbury could not be more proud of her students; “At Spinfield we believe that being a Global Citizen is an important life skill. We have been delighted with the children’s response to the fundraiser for Marlow Refugee Action and it shows the spirit of the Spinfield children helping other children.”