Gen­er­ous pupils help to fight food poverty

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Big hearted pupils at Cathkin High showed their com­mu­nity spirit when they do­nated eight full crates of food to the lo­cal food­bank.

The en­tire sec­ond year co­hort was in­volved in the project, which was part of their in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary learn­ing.

English, drama and home eco­nom­ics classes were all in­volved in a va­ri­ety of ways.

In English, the pupils worked in groups to cre­ate a char­ity cam­paign for a food bank. This de­vel­oped key skills in anal­y­sis as the pupils looked at ad­verts from ma­jor char­i­ties to dis­cover what makes a suc­cess­ful cam­paign.

The end re­sults in­cluded ideas such as news­pa­per ad­verts, ra­dio jin­gles, leaflets, posters, twit­ter cam­paigns and news­pa­per re­ports.

Drama pupils par­tic­i­pated in var­i­ous dra­matic games and ex­er­cises to spark cre­ativ­ity. The pupils learned how to write a script and act out a play to an au­di­ence with their classes.

In home eco­nom­ics, the pupils learned how to save money on their food bills by switch­ing from brand la­bels to cheaper la­bels.

They thor­oughly en­joyed the blind tast­ing ex­per­i­ment of brand name foods and drinks ver­sus su­per­mar­ket la­bel and value la­bel food and drinks.

The pupils also com­pared the cost and nu­tri­tional value of a take­away meal ver­sus ready meals ver­sus tra­di­tional home made meals.

Kirsty Baird and Linda Ross, two rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang Food Bank went to the school to pick up the do­nated food and to out­line how im­por­tant their char­ity is in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Linda said: “A huge thank you to the S2 pupils in Cathkin High School for the food bank do­na­tions.

“They are much ap­pre­ci­ated at a time when our stocks are run­ning low.”

Home eco­nom­ics teacher in charge of the project, Ms Gra­ham added: “The pupils were fan­tas­tic at all as­pects of the learn­ing project but we are es­pe­cially proud of the generosity and kind­ness they have shown to the less for­tu­nate in our com­mu­nity through their do­na­tions to the Food Bank.”

Big hearts The Cathkin pupils hand over their col­lec­tion to the food­bank

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