The St Joseph's School cupcake committee will use fair-trade goods to decorate cupcakes after learning about young children working to help feed their families.
The six-member committee is made up of year 3 to year 6 students who will help their parents make cupcakes using fair- trade cocoa, sugar and cinnamon on August 26, with all proceeds going to the Marlborough SPCA.
Teacher Nicola O'Halloran said making the cupcakes was part of an integrated unit which sees students improving their literacy by writing advertising and their numeracy through calculating profits.
The unit, which is part of the national curriculum, has been running over the last five weeks and will conclude with cupcake week.
The school seized the opportunity to teach the children about social responsibility and the importance for caring for others.
"We want to make the children feel they belong to a community - we're all interrelated and we can have an impact.
"We've learnt about how our choices can change the lives of others."
All the committee members said they had enjoyed the project and were looking forward to decorating the cupcakes.
Aquino Archangel, 10, said using fair trade products was important because it would help kids around the world who had to work to feed their families.
Thomas Somerville-Smith, 8, agreed and said some parents had to give their children away because they were too poor to look after them.
"Other people come up to them and say, ‘We'll look after them', but they send them to work and get cocoa and they can't go to school."
Liam Ross-Bhandal, 8, said buying fair- trade products would "help to support the people doing the right thing".
Pupil's names were pulled out of a hat to decide who would be on the committee so it was just by chance that they were all boys.
The committee then voted on who would hold what position, such as treasurer or chairman.
- The Marlborough Express