Pupils from Mortlach Primary School raise £290 for the Turkey earthquake appeal

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Pupils at Dufftown School have raised nearly £300 for Turkey and Syria earthquake relief efforts.

The P5 class has raised £290 for the Turkey/Syria earthquake.
The P5 class has raised £290 for the Turkey/Syria earthquake.

The money, raised by a P5 class studying natural disasters, has been donated to the British Red Cross Earthquake Appeal Society.

The students had just begun the topic of natural disasters when the devastating earthquake struck Turkey and Syria.

Teacher Donna Shepard decided to do something, and set the challenge for her pupils to raise money for a good cause while developing their skills.

She said: “It directly fueled our learning, so they brainstormed what they liked to do and made plans.

“Everything depended entirely on their abilities and skills and made a positive change.

“It was absolutely amazing.

“It’s amazing that the P5s show this level of dedication and compassion.”

The class raised £290.13 through their efforts, which included a casual day at school, a food competition, as well as stalls selling chocolate baskets, lucky boxes and handmade origami.

The class was nervous on the day, Ms. Shepherd said, but they were happy with the amount raised.

She said: “They were so nervous and running around before that, tidying everything up.

“You could tell they were very nervous but very happy about it.

Thanks to the community for supporting us with their donations.

“It was amazing to see what happened that day.”

The money was given to the British Red Cross in Keith as a cash donation.

“They all took complete ownership of the afternoon and were really independent and responsible.

“It was amazing”.

Ms Shepherd said she was impressed by the community’s generosity despite the ongoing cost of living crisis.

She said: “It sets the record straight when events like an earthquake happen.

“We’re not so bad here.”

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