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Haverhill schoolchildren sell comics to aid Nepal earthquake victims

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Primary school pupils have written and illustrated their own superhero comics to raise money for the victims of the earthquakes in Nepal.

Year four pupils at St Felix Primary School sold more than 100 of the home-made, full colour comic books to teachers, parents and other pupils to raise money for the victims of the earthquakes that hit Nepal on April 25 and May 12.

Headteacher, Clare Robinson, praised the efforts of the pupils, who are between eight and nine years old, and said the project was down to their own initiative.

She said: “I think, because of the kind of community feel within the school, we are always looking to reach out and support people who may be, as the pupils might say, less fortunate than ourselves.

“We really foster a climate of empathy and understanding. We’ve got lots of children and there’s a very global feeling here.”

The children became aware of the situation in Nepal after watching the news at home. Having just spent time during Lent raising money for charity and, having been learning about superheroes in lessons, they thought it would be good to combine the two to raise money to help out.

“They linked the things together,” said Mrs Robinson. “It was all over the news and some of the children came in and said they would like to do something to help.

“They came up with the idea of selling comic books themselves.”

Mrs Robinson said that working to help with the response to the disaster was a good way to teach pupils about the coordination of international relief efforts.

Each comic is written and illustrated by pupils and is sold for £1. So far, the pupils have sold 109 comics, but they are still selling fast.

The school wants to make sure he money goes directly to those affected by the earthquakes and will be sending the money this week.

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