Students stand up to social responsibilities

Social Smiles Emma MacFatridge, Ashleigh Carson and Dani Taylor – all in S6 at Kinlochleven High School with a cheque for Social Bite.

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Socially-minded students have opted to support a business driven by community values rather than profits.
Before Christmas, pupils from Kinlochleven High School decided to raise money for Social Bite, a sandwich shop with a difference.
No matter how big Social Bite grows, no individual will ever get rich from the business. After staff are paid and costs are covered, every penny of profit is put towards tackling social problems.
The Edinburgh-based outfit’s ambition is to grow into a large chain of sandwich shops competing with all of the big brands.
Head teacher Rebecca Machin said the youngsters related to Social Bite’s business ethos as it is based on a similar model to the school’s Kinlochlovin’ enterprise, so they decided to donate £123.50 raised at a haunted house event in the school and a dress down day to the cause.
She added: ‘Our pupils were really taken by the idea that £5 would provide a Christmas dinner for a homeless person in Scotland. As always, our young people have done us proud. They raised enough for nearly 25 dinners and hopefully made 25 people feel a little bit more cared for on Christmas Day.’
Zoe Cuthbert, from Social Bite, wrote to thank the school for its participation in the Schools for Social Bite campaign and said: ‘We couldn’t have done this without your support. Please pass on a massive thank you to the pupils for all their hard work.’