Pupils sup­port back­pack pro­ject

The Oban Times - - Districts -

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.

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