FAIRTRADE really matters to the staff and pupils at Clavering Primary School.
And their long-standing commitment to the subject has been rewarded as they’re now in with a chance of winning an award.
The school has already celebrated recognition this year, when it was awarded FairAchiever status from the Fairtrade Foundation, acknowledging Clavering’s outstanding and ongoing dedication to the issue.
But the youngsters and teachers are hoping for more success after the school’s Fairtrade Steering Group were nominated as Green Champions in the fast-approaching Pride of Hartlepool awards.
“We’re honoured that we have been nominated for this award,” said a delighted Neil McAvoy, Clavering’s deputy headteacher who supports the school’s pupil-led Steering Group and who witnesses the impact of Fairtrade first hand during his time leading humanitarian aid projects in Africa.
Clavering continues to look for new and innovative ways to learn about and take action for Fairtrade.
Fairtrade-themed sports competitions, cooking contests and art displays have all played a part to help raise awareness of the matter in the school.
The school also has a Fairtrade section on its website which has received praise from the Fairtrade Foundation.
Mr McAvoy added: “Learning about Fairtrade is an extremely powerful way for children to find out about issues beyond the classroom and make a positive contribution to the world and environment in which they live.”
Clavering Primary School’s Fairtrade Steering Group are the latest entrant in this year’s Pride of Hartlepool competition, which has attracted a host of fantastic nominations.
Ten categories up for grabs are Sporting Achievement; Community Group; Community Champion; Student of the Year; Fundraiser of the Year; Child of Courage; Local Hero; Green Champion; Emergency Services and Young Performer of the Year.
Readers have less than a week left to nominate that special person or people who have done something that deserves recognition as entry closes next Tuesday, April 1.
People can enter via the nomination form on this page in the Hartlepool Mail today, or by visiting our website at www.hartlepool.mail.co.uk and filling in the online entry form.