Pack up your stationery in an old kit bag and smile as it helps the needy

Pupils at Earlston High School fill bags with stationary and toiletries donations for Africa. From left, Gemma Arnot, Alannah Elliot, Jade Deacon, Anne Brown (coordinator), Emma Young, Finn Turner, Margaret Hogg (coordinator), Connor McLellan, James McLauchlin and Daniel Swanston.
Pupils at Earlston High School fill bags with stationary and toiletries donations for Africa. From left, Gemma Arnot, Alannah Elliot, Jade Deacon, Anne Brown (coordinator), Emma Young, Finn Turner, Margaret Hogg (coordinator), Connor McLellan, James McLauchlin and Daniel Swanston.
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Earlston High School pupils are hoping to collect 50 backpacks full of educational equipment for the charity Mary’s Meals to send to some of the the world’s most impoverished schoolchildren.

The group of S3 pupils have so far had help collecting items for around 30 backpacks from primary schools in Lauder and Earlston, and they hope to send them all away by May.

Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education.

Their vision is that all those who have more than they need, share it with those who lack even the most basic things, and that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education. The Scottish charity now daily feeds more than 500,000 of the poorest schoolchildren in 16 countries across the world from Albania to Zambia.

The list of school equipment, suitable for boys and girls aged 5-12 years, requested by the charity’s backpack appeal, includes jotters, pencils, rulers, felt pens, rubbers, pens, sharpeners, crayons, note pads, and other items such as metal spoons, toothbrushes, soap, T-shirts, shorts, skirts and flip-flops.

“We would be grateful if you could donate anything from this list so we can send as many backpacks as possible,” said Anne Brown, a support for learning teacher.

“Just hand them into the Earlston High School office, or to a child at the school.”