Pupils win prizes for Fairtrade posters

Prizes have been presented to the winners of the annual Berwick Schools' Fairtrade poster competition.

Saturday, 11th March 2017, 7:24 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:45 am
Fritha Middlemiss (Fairtrade Committee), Kate Stephenson (who judged the competition) and Mayor Ivor Dixon. Front row, left to right, is Jodie Baptie, Sophie Ray, Mabel Skelly, Archie Pilcher, M.Catterall.

The posters were judged by Kate Stephenson, from the Watchtower Gallery, and presented by Mayor Ivor Dixon in the town hall on Friday evening.

Pupils were tasked with illustrating the theme of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (to March 10) of Put Fairtrade in your Break.

The students have learnt that many food producers are not paid enough to enable them to feed their families or send their children to school, yet the companies buying their goods make large profits.

When a product carries the Fairtrade logo it means the producer has been paid a good price, that a premium has been paid to the community and that there is community governance to ensure good working practices and sustainable production methods.

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The Mayor said how proud he is that Berwick has achieved Fairtrade town status.

He is glad that the children are learning about Fairtrade and encouraged them to spread the message about it in the community.

Kate Stephenson spoke of how enjoyable it is for her to see children’s art and she commented on how difficult it had been for her to choose winners from the many high quality entries.

Prizes were awarded as follows: Joint first – Archie Pilcher, Longridge Towers School, and Sophie Ray, Holy Trinity Cof E First School

Joint second – Jodie Baptie, Tweedmouth West First School, and group work by students at The Grove School

Joint third – Mabel Skelly, St Cuthbert’s RC First School, and M Catterall, Scremerston First School