Asher safe and sound at school

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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