Lessons in giving from generous Ripley pupils

RIPLEY Court School pupils have proved to be a class act by helping to provide better education facilities for some of their less fortunate counterparts overseas.

The big-hearted youngsters have long championed a partnership with the Mtshayeli School in Zimbabwe, and after recently seeing the fruits of previous fundraising labours – namely a sparkling new classroom for the impoverished African community – Ripley Court children were keen to go one step further.

Proud School Registrar Susan Gray explained: “They decided they wanted to do it all again.”

And so they did. The fundraising fever led to the revival of their role in the ‘Phil the Bag’ campaign, which sells and distributes textiles to people who can use and enjoy them in developing countries, while at the same time saving the environment from the burden of further resources going to landfill.

Youngsters from Years 7 and 8 oversaw the collection of the bags at the school, carefully counting as they helped to load them on to the lorry.

The pioneering pupils collected 208 bags – weighing 1,040kg – and raised £364 which will go towards the refurbishment of more classrooms at Mtshayeli School.

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