Kids use their loaf for Nepal

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ROSE CAW­LEY

A tiny Auck­land build­ing is go­ing up for auc­tion.

And the pri­mary school kids who own it have their hearts set on a big re­turn.

The sale of the sleepout is part of a class­room project at Grey Lynn School.

The pupils started with one loaf of bread and their aim was to keep trad­ing for items of higher value un­til they reached their goal – a house for a de­serv­ing fam­ily.

But things haven’t quite gone to plan.

The young­sters thought they had it made when they came into pos­ses­sion of a sleepout. Af­ter all, it had four walls and a roof which is ba­si­cally what they were af­ter. But noone wanted to trade for their sleepout.

Teacher Grant O’Con­nor says they started brain­storm­ing what they could do to make their dream a re­al­ity.

‘‘We were look­ing at Nepal and the earth­quakes and the big chal­lenges those peo­ple now face,’’ he says.

‘‘A kid piped up and said: ‘ Why don’t we give the house to them?’’’

O’Con­nor says at first the stu­dents won­dered how they would ‘‘get the house there’’ but then the idea started to de­velop.

They held sev­eral class votes to en­sure it was what the ma­jor­ity wanted and a pre­sen- tation from Habi­tat For Hu­man­ity sealed the deal – they would sell the sleepout and put the money to­wards build­ing houses in Nepal.

Teacher Grant O’Con­nor ad­mits it’s not what the class had orig­i­nally planned.

‘‘I’ve learnt as a teacher that things will al­ways evolve,’’ he says.

‘‘We will still achieve our goal.’’

Stu­dent Rose Bennett says she will jump for joy and ‘‘punch the air’’ if some­one buys the sleepout.

Class­mate Felix Al­lan­son agrees it is a pur­chase that will have a pro­found im­pact on a num­ber of lives.

‘‘We’ve been work­ing on this for more than a year, we re­ally want to achieve it.

‘‘It’s taught dream,’’ he says.

The stu­dents 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 stove­top and an ex­trac­tor fan which they switched for the sleepout.

The kitchen was then do­nated to Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity by New Zealand Man­age­ment Academies.



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