Lasswade took another big step towards becoming Midlothian’s first Fairtrade Primary School when its primary two children sold Valentine’s Day roses.
The pupils carefully wrapped each of the Fairtrade flowers in pretty cellophane and ribbon before attaching a message and selling them for £1.
Natalie, 6, was going to give her rose to her mum, dad and sister Nicole, 9. Connor was hoping to present his flower to his friend Amy and Isla’s flower was for her gran.
By selling the gifts, the children were not just bringing a smile to the faces of family and friends.
As young Jack pointed out: “It will also help farmers in poor countries.”
The roses sale is just one of a clutch of initiatives organised by the school to coincide with Fairtrade Fortnight running from 28 February to 13 March.
The primary six pupils and the primary two pupils have just opened Tradey Treats, a Fairtrade tuckshop selling everything from Fairtrade healthy jelly sweets to apple juice.
A Fairtrade committee of children from throughout the school is also helping plan other events such as a fashion show in March and a Fairtrade Lasswade Cookbook.
Councillor Peter Boyes, Cabinet Member for Education, congratulated the school. He said: “Lasswade Primary School has already been awarded the second Green Eco flag so to hear the school is continuing to develop a global dimension to its activities is absolutely terrific. The journey to becoming a Fairtrade School is an excellent way to find out more about the lives of children and adults across the world. Well done to all the children and teachers involved.”
Meanwhile Liam, 6, said he thought buying Fairtrade products was very important. He said: “It means the farmers get money for schools and houses.”