Sweet dreams thanks to Grammar students
Toddlers at the Eden Campus Teen Parent School can now sleep easy thanks to some hard working high school students.
The Astra club, made up of a group of Auckland Girls Grammar students, held sausage sizzles and cake stalls to raise $300 to buy beds for toddlers to nap on during the day.
The campus, which caters for teen mums, is administered by Auckland Girls Grammar and allows the girls to continue their education while their children are supervised for them.
Astra member Annie Keown says it was great to be able to help an organisation so close to home.
“We often fundraise for separate charities, but this group is part of our school.”
Astra mentor Lillian Simpson says helping community groups allows girls to help those who need it, while developing valuable life skills.
The group also raised money for the school last year, which allowed them to erect a gazebo in their outdoor play area.
Natalie Jury, who attends the Eden campus with her two-year-old son Dontay, says having the beds is great because it means the children don’t have to take naps on mattresses on the floor.
“When we would go home he would often want to sleep on the floor, but now he wants to sleep in a bed.”
Eden campus head teacher Janice Snellgrove says the new beds are great for the parents and toddlers.
“It means the children are comfortable and the mum’s know they’re comfortable.
“They’re more willing to go to sleep because they’ve got their special beds.”
The Astra group holds four major fundraisers a year, along with several smaller projects.
Sleepy time: Dontay Lolomanai, 2, prepares to take a nap in one of the new beds at Eden campus, while mum Natalie Jury, front, and Auckland Girls Grammar students Annie Keown and Nicola Dodds look on.