Working bee gets students outside
s to get kids back into growing things, as these outdoor activities sometimes get left
Many handsmake light work.
Little hands from Pillan Point School carried wheelbarrows, raked organic fertiliser and helped adults plant trees, flowers and vegetables last week.
They were revamping and replanting 10 raised garden beds on the school grounds, which were wildly overgrown. The staff wanted to educate and inspire kids about sustainable gardens.
At least one child from every class mucked in to help clear, redo the pathways, clean the fence, put downweed mat and fertiliser and plant flowers, herbs, fruit trees and vegetables.
Teacher Laura Buhr says the staff had come to recognise that many of their students had lost touch with the outdoors, and came up with away to encourage their kids to get back to nature.
“It’s to get kids back into growing things, as these outdoor activities sometimes get left behind. And they love it.”
Pillans Point reached out to Bunnings Mt Maunganui for their gardening and DIY expertise after they had helped to install worm farms at the school last year. Every month, Bunnings workers help out in the community and they donated their time and all the resources to revamp the school’s existing garden beds. Weekly gardening lessons will be incorporated into the school’s curriculum where studentswill learn the necessary skills to maintain their gardens all year round.