ENTERPRISING youngsters at a South Tyneside school have poured their profits into a scheme that will benefit all pupils.
Children who operate the Fruit To Suit healthy tuck shop at Hadrian Primary in Baring Street, South Shields, have shared their business success with classmates.
After making £300 profit last year, they decided to provide every child in school with a new water bottle, to encourage them to drink more water at school.
Lisa Smith, Fruit To Suit co-ordinator for the North East, said: “This ensures every child in the school is benefiting from the tuck shop being there, which is just brilliant.”
Fruit To Suit is a social enterprise company delivering bespoke, quality-assured business and enterprise programmes to primary and secondary schools nationwide.
The programmes develop and encourage entrepreneurial skills and a greater understanding of business planning, which can be consolidated by establishing and operating a long-term, sustainable healthy tuck shop business. Richard Cheetham, healthy schools co-ordinator, said: “The Fruit To Suit project has been a great opportunity for our children to learn about how to run and operate a business.
“Children are applying and developing a range of skills from several areas across the curriculum.”
Headteacher Scott Brown added: “Running the Fruit To Suit tuck shop has given our pupils an understanding of how businesses operate and how profits are generated.
“The healthy lifestyle message underpins their work, and buying water bottles for all children is a great way to celebrate their success and continue to promote healthy living in school.”
Mum-of-two Mrs Smith, 40, from South Shields, said: “The tuck shop team last year was extremely well organised, and worked very hard to raise record profits for the school.
“Their idea to buy every child a new water bottle ensures that everyone can share their achievement, and recognises that all children have contributed to the success of the tuck shop.”