Joint ef­fort to help pupils

Central Leader - - NEWS - By SHEL­LEY GRECO

One­hunga Pri­mary School will re­ceive a wel­come ad­di­tion to its class­room ma­te­ri­als thanks to the One­hunga Work­ing­men’s Club.

The club has be­come a gold spon­sor and will give $2000 to the school to help buy maths ma­te­ri­als, read­ing books and puzzles.

Over the years the club has sup­ported nu­mer­ous nearby schools with grants and schol­ar­ships.

The funds come from the club’s gam­ing ma­chines’ prof­its and it is part of their re­quire­ment to give money back to the com­mu­nity.

Club pres­i­dent Bill Gre­gory says help­ing the school is money well spent.

‘‘It’s the same with Lotto and all the grants they give out. We’re the same,’’ Mr Gre­gory says.

‘‘We have so much we have to give out and we en­joy do­ing it be­cause hope­fully we’ll be see­ing fu­ture mem­bers of the club.

‘‘We want the com­mu­nity to look at us not just as a work­ing­men’s club but there to help the com­mu­nity as a whole.’’

Be­cause the school’s fund­ing from the Govern­ment and par­ents does not cover ev­ery­thing the school would like to pro­vide for its chil­dren it is look­ing to the wider com­mu­nity.

It set up the Friends of the School spon­sor­ship pro­gramme and in­vited or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area to get in­volved with the school.

In re­turn for their spon­sor­ship funds – ei­ther bronze, sil­ver or gold – they will re­ceive reg­u­lar ad­ver­tis­ing in the school’s news­let­ters.

Friends of the School com­mit­tee mem­ber Ge­orge Woodward says it’s up to ev­ery­body to help sup­port chil­dren’s ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘The chil­dren are go­ing to be the busi­ness lead­ers and work­ers of the fu­ture.’’

The spon­sor­ship is fund­ing that the school would not nor­mally have, he says.

School prin­ci­pal Mavis Moodie says the do­na­tion is fan­tas­tic.

‘‘We are hav­ing a big drive on im­prov­ing lit­er­acy and nu­mer­acy and money spent on class­room equip­ment to sup­port this will be a big bonus for our chil­dren’s learn­ing,’’ she says.

Photo: SHEL­LEY GRECO

Gold class: One­hunga Pri­mary School com­mit­tee mem­ber Ge­orge Woodward, left, and One­hunga Work­ing­men’s Club trustee Mar­garet Lewis and pres­i­dent Bill Gre­gory dis­cuss fur­ther de­tails of the spon­sor­ship.

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