Youngsters are seeking help to send supplies and build a roof over their partner school in Africa.
Ewloe Green County Primary School in Deeside has developed links with Herbert Chitepo Primary School in Harare, Zimbabwe.
Children and their teachers have been fundraising hard since the summer to help pay for much-needed improvements at the struggling school.
They now hope local businesses may be able to assist them in filling and shipping a container full of resources to the cash-strapped school.
A Welly Walk as part of an African-themed week was the latest fundraising scheme dreamed up to help the worthy cause.
Every class donned rubber boots to trek 10 times around the school’s field – one lap for each of the 10km some of the 1,283 pupils at the Herbert Chitepo school walk just to get to their lessons.
Teacher James Griffiths, 26, said the sponsored event which had been the pupils’ own idea had been a ‘bit of an eye opener’ for some of the children.
“At first you think 10 laps isn’t that much but a few were pretty tired by the end of it,” he said. “That was the idea, really. Ten laps of the field was one-and-a-half miles but some of the children in Zimbabwe walk quadruple that just to get to school.”
He said the Harare school was ‘very much in the foreground of our minds’. “It’s hugely important to us,” he said.
Mr Griffiths and fellow teacher Rebecca Davies, 30, visited the African school for 10 days earlier this month taking thousands of Match Attax cards for the boys and hair bobbles and clips for the girls, all donated by Ewloe Green children.
And following their teachers’ trip via emails home, last week the Ewloe pupils learned just what school is like for the Harare children.
While they have no roof, Herbert Chitepo classes all share one abandoned tobacco barn.
So on Friday, six classes and their teachers at Ewloe Green took their lessons sharing the school hall.
With no walls and cramped up together, Mr Griffiths said the children had not been able to make a sound.
And Year 6 pupils had spent the day sitting in rows and facing the front, with just a pen and pencil – no rubber or pencil sharpener – and with very limited supplies of paper.
“That’s exactly what it’s like for the children in Harare,” he said.
“They don’t have lots of resources so it’s just the teacher and the students.”
Fundraising events have so far been aimed at helping to put a roof on four of the outside Herbert Chitepo classrooms so they can get out of the barn which Mr Griffiths described as ‘hot and humid and very cramped’.
“It’s horrendous in there,” he said.
As well as the Welly Walk, non-uniform days and other school events, fellow teachers Ian Price, 26, and Ieuan Evans, 30, completed the Tough Mudder assault course for the fund, raising close to £1,000.
Mr Griffiths cycled 270 miles from Holyhead to Cardiff in just three days raising nearly another £3,000.
He said the hope is to get the roof on before Christmas and also to send a container full of resources.
Desks have been donated and the school hopes to send chairs and other resources including ICT equipment and solar panels.
But Mr Griffiths said transporting a container to sub Saharan Africa was going to be a ‘huge job’.
“We’re hoping some local businesses might get involved, either with donations or maybe with experience of sending things out there. Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.”
To make donations or offer advice call at the school or phone Ewloe Primary on 01244 532569.