Librarian teaches schoolchildren ancient Chinese art to raise money for charity

Valentine High School's librarian Mrs Foulton with Emilija Jankauskate, 12 and Sophie Midlane, 12 ma

Valentine High School's librarian Mrs Foulton with Emilija Jankauskate, 12 and Sophie Midlane, 12 making origami baskets for charity. Photo: Paul Bennett - Credit: Archant

A school librarian is using an ancient art to develop business acumen among pupils and raise money to support poor schools in Africa.

Min Fulton, 50, joined Valentines School in Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, five months ago and promptly started an origami afternoon class.

A big hit with pupils Mrs Fulton said the classes combines the opportunity to learn and gain skills.

“I have a making team and a selling team,” she said. “So far we have made £80 and our aim is to make £100.”

The youngsters make decorated paper baskets, filled with treats which are then sold around the school to children and teachers alike.


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The money raised is then donated to World Book Aid which helps schools in Kenya and Uganda.

“Every term I get news letters about how the money is being used to support the schools,” she said.

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“The children get to make friends, feel appreciated and the library has become another place to be, a nice place for them to come to.”

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