Pupils enjoy free milk
Most children have signed up
Goldfields Primary School pupils have had their first taste of free milk this week and it’s proving to be a hit, with the children lapping up the milk and the concept. The school is one of more than 130 schools in Otago and Southland taking part in the Fonterra Milk for Schools programme which sees Year 1 to 6 pupils receive a free carton of milk to drink every school day. The programme, which was introduced this year after a successful trial in Northland, has been offered to all 2000 primary schools throughout the country. It started in Southland first and has arrived in Central Otago this week, with Goldfields Primary School one of the first Central Otago schools to be involved, with others coming on board in the next few weeks. Principal Sharon Booth said she first heard about the programme during the Christmas holidays and immediately registered to be part of it as she could see the benefits of being involved. The children’s parents have also recognised the benefits, with 86 per cent of the school’s pupils being involved – some children were unable to drink milk because of allergies, while some children had yet to bring parental consent forms back to school so
Enjoying their first carton of free milk were Goldfields Primary School pupils, clockwise from bottom left, Casey Brown, 7, Lucy Reid, 8, Harley Munsey, 7, Jessie Dalzell, 8 and Charlotte Scott, 8. couldn’t be part of it until they had done so. As well as supplying the milk, Fonterra has also provided ref- rigerators for the schools involved to store the milk safely, as well as providing recycling bins for the packaging. The bins will then be collected, with the packaging baled and sent to Thailand to be recycled into tiles, paper and exercise books for schools.