Jaime makes her mark on Fairtrade nursery scheme

Fairtrade presentation at Riverside Nursery
Fairtrade presentation at Riverside Nursery

A talented youngster has really made her mark to encourage an appetite for fairly-traded food and goods in East Dunbartonshire.

Jaime Steventon created a colourful logo for the Scottish roll-out of the Fair Trade Nurseries Programme - which was designed, pioneered and piloted in East Dunbartonshire.

Jaime - who was four at the time and a pre-school attendee at Riverside Childcare in Kirkintilloch - was delighted to win the competition and recently celebrated with friends at Riverside.

Jaime is now five and a pupil at Lairdsland Primary, but still attends Riverside for after-school activities.

Mum Julie said: “She was very pleased - it was a bit of a surprise, so it was great. She was really proud her design was chosen. We’re delighted.”

The Scottish Fair Trade Forum has finalised the logo and is printing up materials featuring the winning design.

As part of her prize, Jaime won fairly-traded musical instruments for the nursery from The Coach House. The runner-up in the logo design competition was Harry Burns from Craighead Nursery.

Riverside Childcare has been working on a number of innovative initiatives to promote fairtrade.

Council leader Rhondda Geekie visited Riverside recently to meet Jaime and see the good work for herself.

She said: “Congratulations to Jaime for creating such a wonderful logo to help promote fairtrade across Scotland. I am proud to say that East Dunbartonshire has been at the heart of fairtrade activities in Scotland for some time - with excellent work by the local Fair Trade Steering Group, community groups and the council all playing their part.”