Business Stream delivers school volunteering day to help educate children about saving water

16 May 2022

Edinburgh based water retailer, Business Stream, partnered with local school, Ferryhill Primary School on Thursday, 12 May to deliver an interactive water efficiency session and enterprise challenge activity to pupils.

During the day the primary six students at the Drylaw school were taught all about the importance of saving water. They were tasked with designing their own water saving posters and to take on the challenge of becoming water champions for their school.

In addition, the Business Stream volunteers, led by an external expert in enterprise education, James Tindell, also ran an enterprise challenge to help educate the children about the world of work. The children made origami toy frogs and were then coached to help develop a business plan, create their own brand name and logo, and ‘sell’ their finished products to their peers. The purpose of the session is to help inspire the children about working in business and teach them new skills such as team building.

Douglas McLaren, Chief Operating Officer at Business Stream said: “We had a brilliant day at Ferryhill Primary School and it was great to see the children’s enthusiasm and entrepreneurial spirit in action. We really enjoyed the opportunity to increase awareness of the importance of saving water for our planet and are looking forward to running more of these sessions in the year ahead”.

Business Stream’s school volunteering programme supports the company’s vision to Make a Positive Difference to local communities and the environment. Following the easing of the COVID-19 restrictions, the retailer has re-started its school programme and plans to deliver further water efficiency and enterprise challenge sessions to schools in Scotland.

Jack Knott, Primary Six Teacher, Ferryhill Primary School, added: I'd like to say a big thank you to both Business Stream and James Tindell for running this really exciting volunteering day. The pupils were given a fantastic insight into how a business is set up and run, from product design through to selling and making profits. They really developed their teamwork skills and it was great to see them so engaged in the tasks. Given the current importance of tackling climate change, teaching pupils about the importance of saving water was extremely worthwhile. Our eco rep for the school will be taking forward what we have learned with our eco-committee so we can share some key water-saving tips with the rest of the school!”