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Swapping Success at Fulston Manor School

A grand total of 671 swaps were made at Fulston Manor School in Sittingbourne, Kent, during Fairtrade Fortnight (22 February – March 7), helping the Fairtrade Foundation hit its target of 1,000,001 swaps.

Staff, students and parents who took part in The Big Swap exchanged their usual purchases for tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits, wine, beer, flowers, cotton, honey and footballs which had been ethically produced, helping poor farmers from developing countries. Sarah Palmer, Young Co-operatives Co-ordinator, said: “Some were amazed that Fairtrade food was really tasty! Other students already knew how good it was.”

On Monday 1 March – halfway through Fairtrade Fortnight – the four tutor groups who had swapped the most items so far were treated to a visit from the Co-operative Group’s Fairtrade ice cream van.

Mrs Palmer said: “Long queues formed to sample Fairtrade products such as ice cream, biscuits, chocolate, bananas and orange juice. A huge amount of fun was had by all. The students really enjoyed the tasting sessions and we would love to invite the ice cream van back this time next year for Fairtrade Fortnight 2011!”