KINDNESS has been shown by school pupils in Ballingry as they "pay it forward" to celebrate lent.

Youngsters at St Kenneth's RC primary have traded in their hard-earned house points for cash and made donations to local businesses to help them give back to their customers.

The kids also hope that their goodwill will put a smile on the faces of those who are struggling in the village.

Headteacher Kirsty O'Connor said: "We decided on pay ahead donations and created vouchers for businesses to hand out if maybe a family needs a helping hand or even if someone is looking a bit down.

"They can then say it's from the kids at St Kenneth's."

The school always gives back to charities during lent but this year decided to focus directly on their local community.

And the children have loved seeing the impact of their work, with some having visited the five businesses involved.

The rest have been shown pictures and social media comments appreciating the gesture on social media during assembly.

Kirsty continued: "The kids went to find out the value of money and how much things would cost.

"A few people have put things on Facebook and the butchers had given out a meal combination, we showed the kids in assembly and that created excitement!

"We are hoping to build on it year on year and work with businesses to help inform our curriculum choices.

"What's significant is it recognises the local community.

"The school is really passionate about our community and helping in our community."

Each location - W M Stark Butchers in Lochore, Benarty Community Shop in Benarty Square, Nisa Local in Benarty Square, and Benarty Fruits in Lochore - received a £20 donation to be split into vouchers and handed out as seen fit.