Asher safe and sound at school
The fence is up at Rangikura School, meaning young Asher Papadopoulos can begin his transition into school safely and securely this week.
On January 18 Kapi-Mana News ran an article on Asher, a five-yearold whose mum Alex had tried in vain to find a suitable school for late last year, due to his learning difficulties. After running into a number of obstacles in her search, Rangikura School in Ascot Park came to the rescue, and local company Webster Drilling & Exploration Ltd donated money to get three fences built.
‘‘They [Websters] have been awesome, they bought all their equipment up one day and got the project started, I can’t speak highly enough of what they’ve done,’’ Ms Papadopoulos said.
‘‘The total cost of the materials and gates – needed so Asher, who has special requirements, would not wander off – was over $1400, with Bunnings Warehouse in Porirua supplying them at cost.’’
Then, on January 23, in driving rain at times, Papadopoulos family friends Mike Bingham and Roydon Ekman built the frames of the fences.
‘‘These two did the work from sun up till dusk . . . They were soaked to the bone, it was just incredible.’’
The fence pailings went up last week, well in time for the new school year to start, with Ms Papadopoulos looking to paint them in the coming days.
She hopes to put a sign up on one side, with the school’s permission, to thank Websters for making it possible that Asher became a Rangikura School pupil.
Asher’s fence: Before, there was just a low, flimsy wire fence that Asher Papadopoulos could easily squeeze through. By the time this article comes out, the solid wooden structure at the front of Rangikura School will be completed, ensuring Asher has a safe environment to begin his school life.