Last term, three of our students at Portfield School put their manufacturing skills to good use by creating four colourful thermal blankets out of used food packets for a local homeless shelter.
The ‘Eco Hero’ project was part of our recycling scheme at the school and helped the students understand what’s involved in manufacturing products from start to finish, while also supporting the local community.
The three students, aged from 14 to16, spent weeks collecting over 200 empty bags of crisps and chocolate wrappers before being part of a production line to clean and flatten the packets, fuse them together, cut them to size and attach strings to turn the blankets into useful capes.
They learnt, through visualisation, how the metalized silver lining of these used food packets could be put to good use. They carried out the practical, hands-on work themselves, guided by their class teacher, Anita.
Anita said: “We are committed to taking on a new eco-friendly project each term this year. This term, we wanted to find a way to support another local charity too. Throughout, the students worked really well as a team and it provided us with a great opportunity to demonstrate a factory-like environment, which is particularly important as work-experience prospects have been so limited during the pandemic.”
The four blankets have now been donated to the BH1 Project run by the Salvation Army in Boscombe.
Jane Alton, Corps Officer, said: “We are delighted to have received these much-needed blankets from the students at Portfield School. It was a lovely gesture and we are sure they will benefit the homeless people we support, especially while the weather remains on the cold side. It is also a great example of local charities working together.”