Pupils en­joy free milk

Most chil­dren have signed up

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By EMMA DAWE

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.

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