Balmedie pupils support local foodbank

The pupil council along with Kirsten (middle) who came up with the idea
The pupil council along with Kirsten (middle) who came up with the idea

An Aberdeenshire school collected hundreds of delicious goodies last week to help a local foodbank.

Pupils from Balmedie School dressed in tartan last Friday and took in items which will be given to families throughout the North-east.

On the last Friday of the month the school holds a ‘dress as you please’ day and children usually pay £1 for the privilege which is donated to local charities. This month pupils took in nonperishable food items for their event themed ‘Touch of Tartan’.

When the pupil council and charity committee got together they had to decide which charity they would support at their next event.

A vote was cast after the choices were whittled down to the top three. The winning idea came from P7 pupil Kirsten Morrissey.

She told the Times: “I go to St-Mary-on-the-Rock church in Ellon and noticed a trolley where people could put in food and I thought it would be a good idea to do that here.”

Donations including cans of soup, beans, breakfast cereals, sweets, tea, jam, pasta, fruit and Christmas puddings covered many tables in one room.

The Food Banks Partnership Aberdeen will pick up the items which will be sent out to families living with food poverty in Aberdeenshire.

A member on the student council said: “This is the first time that we have done something like this - it is good to help people who can’t afford to help their families.

Another pupil added: “Imagine what it must be like for people being able to get to sleep knowing that they have food in their cupboards for the next day.”

The school also raised £730 when they held a super hero day for Children in Need last month.