Enterprising pupils turn chocolate into cash

Representatives from P6 and P7 presented a cheque for £50 to Mhairi Reid of Kintyre Food Bank.
Representatives from P6 and P7 presented a cheque for £50 to Mhairi Reid of Kintyre Food Bank.

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Senior pupils at Dalintober Primary School showed entrepreneurial spirit when they more than doubled an initial investment by selling hand-crafted chocolate kits.

The P6 and P7 pupils were given £250 to take part in Virgin Money’s ‘Make £5 Grow’ programme, which aims to give pupils an insight into how business works, helping them build skills for the future, such as team-working, problem solving, leadership, money management and creativity.

After ensuring they were getting the best value products possible with their money, the youngsters bought supplies from Amazon to make two types of hot chocolate kits, and s’mores kits – using mega marshmallows, digestive biscuits and chocolate – and soon went into production.

The children put together s'mores kits using marshmallows, biscuits and chocolate.
The children put together s’mores kits using marshmallows, biscuits and chocolate.

As well as being offered to the children’s families, the kits were available to buy from The Kintyre Larder in Main Street.

The total profit raised was £317.45, of which £50 was donated to Kintyre Food Bank and the remainder was reinvested to help the school with another enterprise in the future.

The pupils worked together to assemble their kits.
The pupils worked together to assemble their kits.

A school spokesperson said: ‘Dalintober P6 and P7 would like to thank everyone who bought their chocolate products and we would also like to thank Linda McLean from The Kintyre Larder for giving us an opportunity to sell to the wider public.

‘It has been a fantastic experience for us all and we have learned all about sourcing, budgeting, marketing and team-work. We have gained transferable skills which we hope will help us in the world of work.’