Mini house just the start
IT HAS a roof and four walls but this sleepout is a smidgen too small for an ambitious group of Auckland kids.
The Grey Lynn School students are looking to trade their tiny building for something that will get them more floor space in the long run. The effort is part of their With One Loaf project which kicked off in October ( Auckland City Harbour News, November 7).
The aim was to start with a loaf of bread and keep trading for higher value items until they reached their goal of getting a house for a deserving family.
Hazel Couper, 9, says receiving a ‘‘mini house’’ as a trade has strengthened her resolve to help others.
‘‘It is such a cool thing to be part of.
‘‘We will get a house, we just have to believe in ourselves and never give up.’’
The sixth trade came from NZMA, part of ACG’s Tertiary and Careers Division.
As part of the private provider’s Level 4 Certificate in Building, students at the Otahuhu campus construct a sleepout worth roughly $6000.
Senior construction tutor Mark Paul says he would have loved to have given the students a house but a sleepout seemed the next best thing.
‘‘These kids have done an amazing thing, you just couldn’t not support it,’’ he says. ‘‘If this is what they are doing now I can’t wait to see what they will end up doing when they grow up.’’
Cherry Quinn, 9, says the project has had a big impact on her.
‘‘We have to be less selfish and more selfless,’’ she says.
It is a slogan teacher Grant O’Connor has told them over and over again.
‘‘The kids have been so empowered by this process,’’ the Pt England resident says. ‘‘We are doing our bit to try and bridge the gap between those who have stuff and those who don’t.’’
With the original students now in different classes for the new school year, O’Connor hopes to extend the project across the school.
‘‘We’ll be doing this for as long as it takes and I am already thinking about what we can do beyond this project.’’
initially traded the loaf of bread for two DVDs, then the DVDs for eight Nintendo Wii games. They were also donated a Wii console, two designer cushions and two cinema seats.
Then they swapped the Wii bundle for a brand new toilet which was donated to Habitat For Humanity.
The class traded the remaining items for cabinetry, drawers, a stove top and a vent which they switched for the sleepout.
NZMA then donated the kitchen to Habitat for Humanity. The students are now looking to make their next barter.
Gaining ground: Youngsters Cheery Quinn, Hazel Couper, Rosie Tell and Hollie Donoghue from the With One Loaf project proudly stand in front of their latest trade, a sleepout.
Changing lives: Teacher Grant O’Connor has been blown away by his students’ resolve.