Pupils at Brechin High School have teamed up with a community group to help babies living in poverty stricken conditions.
The high school has been increasing its community work, and has a citizen remit in place. The remit allows the school coordinator to identify charities that the pupils can get involved in at a local, national and international level.
Modern studies and citizenship teacher, Morven Cunningham was given the citizen remit coordinator role, and has selected three charities for the school to help.
At a local level, Ms Cunningham has identified Mountains Animal sanctuary at Glen Ogil, which is Scotland’s largest re-homing and adoption centre for horses, ponies and donkeys.
Nationally, the school have been helping Foodbank, which aims to provide a service for families across the UK who are unable to afford food.
The schools international charity, is the Fish and Chip Babies in Africa. The ‘fish and chip’ babies are from families who are so poor that they are wrapped in newspaper at birth to keep warm.
The school’s task is to knit squares to make blankets to send to families to keep the babies warm, and the local community has helped pitch in with the pupils to create the blankets.
The charitable endeavour has not only enabled the pupils to help vulnerable babies, but they have also been able to learn a new skill in the process.
In April, Ms Cunningham started a weekly knitting club attended by staff, pupils and some volunteers from the community.
Eventually, enough squares were produced to make blankets.
Since knitting the squares, pupils and volunteers in the have teamed up with Gardner Memorial Church craft group, which meets on Tuesdays, who are helping the pupils sew the knitted squares in to blankets.
The project has so far seen the pupils and the craft club create 24 blankets - which is had required a total of 864 knitted squares.
Each blanket is six squares long by six square wide, requiring 36 squares each.
There are more squares produced ready to be made in to blankets which will subsequently be sent out to families in Kenya and Uganda.