Students raise funds through school bake and book sales

CHILDREN from two primary schools have raised over £900 for Ukraine.

Whitchurch Primary raised £327 after parents and pupils baked cakes to sell at the school on Thursday last week.

Proceeds were donated to the British Red Cross appeal.

Parent Grainne McCormack organized the fundraising initiative and made a Ukrainian flag to dress the sales table.

Ms McCormack, a nurse, said the fundraiser helped children understand the effects of the Russian invasion.

She said: “Even the parents find it difficult to understand what is going on, so obviously it is very difficult for the children. Also coming out of covid, children are stressed and wondering: “Is this world safe or not?”

“I was thinking of positive ways to help them try to understand and asked the parents if we could have a bake sale to show the children that we could do something to help them.

“It was a really positive day and helped the kids understand that we can help people less fortunate than us.

“It was positive for me too to feel like I was doing something and giving something back.”

Meanwhile, Peppard Primary pupils raised around £600 with a book sale on Friday.

Freya Woodhouse, 11, came up with the idea and school counselors Beau Gedney, 10, and Arthur Woodhouse, eight, offered to help.

The children set up a stand and organized two sales, one for Key stage 1 students and another for Key stage 2 students, during recess.

Freya said: “My sister and I came up with the idea of ​​doing a book sale, so we asked people to bring up to three books to donate. We made a stand and organized the books – it was great fun.

They sold each book for £1 each and donated the proceeds to the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Appeal.

Principal Nick Steele said: ‘Freya approached me at the school gate with the idea and the school counselors all got together and organized it, collected the books from the classrooms and set up a small stand – it was as simple as that.

“I’m really proud of them. Our value for this term is compassion and the children are clear that it is not just about feeling sorry for people, but about doing something about it.

“We understand that it’s not going to change the world, but it will change a little bit. It’s about empowering people when they come up with ideas – it’s about showing that we can do something.

Students at the school dressed in blue and yellow today (Friday) to show their support for the Ukrainian people.