Back in the flow

Franklin County News - - News - By SALLY HINE

Af­ter on­go­ing van­dal­ism Pukekohe North School pupils can fi­nally fill their wa­ter bot­tles thanks to new wa­ter foun­tains from a Gov­ern­ment grant.

A $ 10,000 grant from Coun­ties Manukau District Health Board, as a part of its Nutri­tion Grant Fund pro­gramme, was given to the school to fix the drink­ing wa­ter sup­ply that was dam­aged by van­dal­ism.

The school has been con­stantly re­pair­ing and re­plac­ing taps due to dam­age af­ter hours and dur­ing week­ends, said prin­ci­pal Robyn Withers-Lauer. ‘‘We ap­plied for the grant and they have set up all new wa­ter foun­tains with a lock­able frame and we haven’t had any more dam­age, so it’s re­ally great.’’

The dam­age to the taps also meant an ex­ces­sive amount of wa­ter was lost which was costly for the school, said Mrs Withers-Lauer.

With the new foun­tains, pupils are be­ing en­cour­aged to have wa­ter bot­tles in class and lessons are be­ing held to pro­mote healthy eat­ing and the ben­e­fits of wa­ter.

The wa­ter foun­tains were put into the school this term and have a spe­cial tap to fill drink bot­tles.

The Nutri­tion Fund is Gov­ern­ment fund­ing avail­able for ini­tia­tives that pro­mote health­ier eat­ing in early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices and schools.

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