Pupils in Wolverhampton have come together to celebrate ethically-traded produce at two special events to mark Fairtrade Fortnight, which ends on Sunday (11 March, 2018).
Students from three schools took part in the annual schools' Fairtrade Service on Thursday 1 March, before the winners of a competition to design Fairtrade posters were presented with prizes at the Annual Fairtrade Reception today (Friday 9 March).
Like-minded schools traditionally get together to raise awareness of Fairtrade during Fairtrade Fortnight, and pupils from Graiseley Primary School, Uplands Junior School and Christ Church Junior School gave short presentations about Fairtrade to their schools during last week's Fairtrade Service, which for the first time took place at Shree Krishan Mandir temple on Penn Road and was attended by Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education.
Meanwhile on Friday, students from 10 schools across the city including St Teresa’s Catholic Academy, Graiseley Primary School, St Paul’s CofE Primary School, Bilston Primary School, Uplands Junior School, Christ Church CofE Junior School, Stowheath Primary School, Wolverhampton Girls’ High School, Smestow School and the City of Wolverhampton College, were presented with their prizes by Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page after winning a Fairtrade poster competition.
They received book tokens, Easter eggs and goodie bags after designing entries based on this year's theme, "Come on in to Fairtrade".
Mayor Councillor Page said: “Fairtrade offers a practical way which people in Wolverhampton can help farmers and producers living in some of the poorest parts of the world to build a better life for themselves and their families.
“Wolverhampton is a Fairtrade City and it's great that so many of our schools are playing a key role in the Fairtrade movement, educating their pupils and families about the importance of Fairtrade and encouraging people to choose Fairtrade products wherever possible.”
Wolverhampton has been a Fairtrade City for more than a decade. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/fairtrade.