Five schools who work together collectively have been supporting an international charity.

Members of the Piran Partnership – St Germans, St Neot, Menheniot, Harrowbarrow and Pensilva – worked together in a joint school project to collect backpacks to support Mary’s Meals.

The project was run by the pupil members of each School Council.

Between them they collected 21 white sacks full of things to fill 104 backpacks – the Mary’s Meals Backpack Project is a simple way of helping children in countries like Liberia and Malawi get the best out of school.

Very often these children do not have the most basic items to allow them to make the most of their education so the packs contain a variety of items such as a notepad, pencils, ruler, sharpener pencil case and more.  

Mary’s Meals will send the filled backpacks to children who really need them, enabling them to attend school and gain an education which may help them escape from poverty.

For many children the Mary’s Meals Backpack will be the first gift they have ever received

St Germans headteacher Sarah Marshall said: ‘The children from each school were enthusiastic about the project and enjoyed working collaboratively together.’

The five schools meet regularly and hope to run further joint projects in the future.