Greenbank Pupils Mix Business With Pleasure Raising Funds For Kenyan Special School

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Greenbank Preparatory School’s mini market traders turned a tidy £200 profit for Port Reitz Special School in Kenya when they sold their wares at the Artisan Market in Cheadle Hulme Precinct.
At home parents had been baking cup cakes for the special event, while in school the children had the tougher task of making bird feeders from a mix of millet, oats, raisins and lard.
Boffins
The fledgling business boffins also produced decorative plant pots and fashion bags, peppermint creams and nut brittle to coax the cash from the punters’ pockets.
The money will go to the Kenyan school which works with children with mental and physical special needs that Greenbank has been supporting ever since former pupils Harrison Wood then just nine-years-old set up the appeal in 2011.
Volunteer
Every year since, the top independent primary school in Cheadle Hulme has sent parties of teachers to volunteer in Kenya and in October the Headmistress’s husband Derek Lowe and Head of Music Kate Mercer will climb Kilimanjaro as part of another major fund raising exercise.
Greenbank Headmistress Janet Lowe said: “The project taught the children so much about profit and loss, customer service and high standards of production, but hopefully, more importantly, will raise awareness of the vital work in Port Reitz.”
Janet added: “The children have such an unfair advantage when it comes to sales: who could possibly turn their backs when they are asking you to buy their cakes.”