Leeds pupils get to work with Fruity Fridays

Kids make smoothies at East Garforth Primary Academy. Isabel Lester blends some fruit.
Kids make smoothies at East Garforth Primary Academy. Isabel Lester blends some fruit.
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Business-savvy pupils at a Garforth primary school have launched their own tasty enterprise to raise cash for an end-of-year party.

Year six pupils at East Garforth Primary Academy have set up Fruity Friday, selling healthy smoothies to their classmates for 50p a pop.

15 sept 2014.....Kids make smoothies at East Garforth Primary Academy. Joseph Snaith,cameron walsh,Henry Moore,Isabel Lester,Eve Peckett,Molly Jennings Luke Partridge and Joseph Hargreaves. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1004/99b

15 sept 2014.....Kids make smoothies at East Garforth Primary Academy. Joseph Snaith,cameron walsh,Henry Moore,Isabel Lester,Eve Peckett,Molly Jennings Luke Partridge and Joseph Hargreaves. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1004/99b

The business was made possible thanks to a donation by the Sainsbury’s Local store in Garforth of five blenders, cups and two weeks’ worth of fruit to kick off the corporation.

It is hoped the cash raised will fund their annual end-of-year party and if successful, the business will continue for future year six classes to run at the school.

Maggie Hargreaves, chairwoman of the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA) said the idea was suggested by Sarah Brogan, manager of Garforth Local Sainsbury’s.

She said: “We were more than happy to do it. We wanted year six to have a bit of pride in their party and take ownership of what they can do and what they can get out of it. So that’s where the idea for the business came from.

“They can make their own money and have their own thought processes, and hopefully learn a few things from it.”
Fruity Fridays launched this week with a £150 donation from the PTA to get it going. The children will work in groups of eight, taking turns to run the business throughout the year.

Smoothies will change depending on which is in season – a factor the children already understand affects costs.

The year group received top tips from Sainsbury’s manager Sarah about the produce as well as lessons on key businesses topics such as profit and loss.

The pupils’ learning will continue to throughout the year to teach them more about the working world. She said: “We provided the school with 5 blenders, plastic beakers and enough fruit for 3 weeks. I hope the project continues next year.”

Maggie said: “During morning break, they will be making the smoothies and selling them off for 50p. It is hoped the children will expand it to sell to the infant year groups when they’ve learned about business expansion.

“They absolutely love it. They have been oozing with ideas.”

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