Pupils support backpack project
PUPILS from Kinlochleven High School showed their support for children abroad by donating school equipment as part of a new project.
Students heard about the Back Pack Project, a programme run by Oban-based Mary’s Meals, while researching less developed countries.
They were encouraged to set up collection points where they gathered enough items to donate 10 school bags containing stationery, clothing, towels, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
Mrs Clark, teacher of business, said: ‘Students learned a lot about life in less developed countries but also about how they could help support people with less than them. Taking the backpacks to Oban rounded off the experience perfectly and it was great to meet Marie Rowan and her staff and hear about the work of Mary’s Meals first hand.’
Ben Green, a first-year pupil involved in the project, said: ‘ We set up a collection point in school and the response was amazing. We were very happy to pass on the 10 backpacks to children who don’t have as much as we do. Thanks to everyone who supported us.’
The youngsters received a warm welcome from shop manager Marie Rowan and volunteers who told them how the Mary’s Meals shop is involved in fundraising and community events in Oban.
Some of the Kinlochleven High School pupils involved in the backpack project outside the Mary’s Meals shop in Oban.