School bangs the fair-trade drum

Words and photo by Dave Barry

A fair-trade tea party was thrown at Northstead primary school during Fair-Trade Fortnight.

Over 300 cakes and biscuits, baked by the school cook using fair-trade ingredients, were sold.

Teachers, pupils, parents, grandparents and others washed them down with fair-trade tea, coffee and orange squash.

The local fair-trade group sold fair-trade products. Pupils found out where they come from and drew pictures of them, which were on display.

Fair-trade products donated by Newlands Co-op and Proudfoots supermarket were raffled.

Key -stage-2 pupils interviewed family and friends to test their knowledge of fair-trade products. Younger pupils filled in a booklet about Pablo the Super Fairtrade Banana. Sainsbury’s donated fair-trade prizes for the winners.

The tea party, which raised £210 for Sport Relief, was one of many similar events held around Scarborough during Fairtrade Fortnight.

The annual campaign aims to get shoppers, campaigners and businesses in the UK talking, thinking about and buying fair-trade goods, says Northstead teacher Melanie Baines.

“It is about better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers.

“Despite millions of farmers in developing countries working hard to grow the food we eat every day, many don’t earn enough to know where their next meal is coming from”, Melanie said.

The school recently won the first Fair-aware schools award in recognition of its work with fair trade.