YOUNGSTERS took time out of their usual lessons to help spread the word about Fairtrade.
Staff and students at Catcote School Business and Enterprise College, in Catcote Road, organised an enterprise week which involved the youngsters learning all about Fairtrade.
The initiative helps improve the lives of millions of producers and farmers in developing countries.
The school relaxed its regular timetable and instead incorporated maths, English and ICT into a range of activities during Fairtrade Fortnight, which runs between February 27 and March 9.
Activities included using recycled old boots and shoes as decorative planters to display plants.
There was also a visit to RSPB Saltholme, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, where students identified animal and bird footprints.
Staff say this created a connection between migrating birds from Fairtrade countries. The trip also involved a visit to the coffee shop for Fairtrade refreshments.
Students also experienced sensory food activities using Fairtrade ingredients and baked a variety of cakes and biscuits using Fairtrade ingredients, which have been sold on a stand at Middleton Grange Shopping Centre.
During the week staff also organised a street dancing session courtesy of SB Dance.
It was taught to Catcote students and visiting students from St Teresa’s, Springwell, St Cuthbert’s and Jesmond Gardens primary schools.
Alison Brown, director of specialism at the school, said: “The whole staff and students have embraced the challenge and have created exciting new ideas and entrepreneurial ways of learning about Fairtrade and taking a step forward to helping others by buying Fairtrade items.”
To help mark Fairtrade fortnight, all Hartlepool schools have been invited to take part in a town-wide T-shirt competition to create a school’s Fairtrade logo.
The winning entries will be printed by the reprographics students at Catcote school, which will use the opportunity to launch its new coffee shop Fairtrade uniform.
Catcote School Business and Enterprise College works all year-round to encourage and support entrepreneurship through three whole school enterprise weeks.
The school also has two Young Enterprise companies and a Fairtrade coffee shop.