SCHOOLS across Kirklees have been busy raising thousands of pounds for the Haiti Earthquake Appeal.
Pupils took part in non-uniform days, cake sales and other fun events to raise cash for the stricken Caribbean island country.
Haiti, one of the world’s poorest countries, was devastated by a 7.0-magnitude quake 20 days ago.
Some 150,000 bodies have been found in capital Port-Au-Prince while an estimated 1.5m people have been left homeless.
Kirklees youngsters, aged four to 11, were among those raising money for relief while learning about Haiti itself.
Some 400 pupils at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Birkby, raised £1,655 with a non-uniform day.
The cash has already been sent to the Disasters Emergency Committee which is co-ordinating aid to Haiti.
The school, on George Avenue, has also held a cake sale.
Deputy headteacher Chris Sutcliffe said: “The non-uniform day was a superb effort making so much money in one day.
“It’s a very worthwhile appeal to be acted upon.
“We’ve also done some work in geography lessons to show where Haiti is and what people’s biggest difficulties are. We’ve had a special assembly too.
“It’s important they appreciate what they are raising money for.”
Rowley Lane JI&N School, Lepton, raised almost £1,000 with a non-uniform day.
One year 3 pupil and her younger sister designed posters and a collecting box for the whole school, while parents sent contributions to the school through their children.
Wooldale Junior School also held a cake sale. Hartshead J & I School raised £250 with a non-uniform day.
Children at Thurstonland First School managed to raise £247.90 to support devastated Haiti.
The pupils left their school uniforms at home for the day and were able to buy cakes and buns in exchange for a small donation of their choice.
Headteacher and organiser Christine Kirton said: “We were delighted to have managed to raise the money we did. We are only a small school with 61 pupils so I am really proud of everyone's efforts.”