Sweet dreams thanks to Gram­mar stu­dents

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Scott Morgan

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.

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