Box sculpture cleans up
A group of Redwood School children have been rewarded for their creativity after building an intricate wedding scene out of toothpaste boxes.
The team won one of five national creativity prizes for their entry in the Awesome Colgate Carton Race which challenged schools to collect as many cartons as they could in 14 weeks, and learn about good brushing habits.
Ten senior children from years 5 and 6 created the scene with almost 400 toothpaste boxes collected by the whole school.
Teacher aid Debi Shroder, who worked with the team, said they were so dedicated they often worked into their lunchtimes.
‘‘ They were an incredibly hard working group. That’s all they ever talked about.They really got into it and worked long and hard on it.
‘‘It was just the challenge of using toothpaste boxes to come up with everything.
‘‘When someone got stuck with an idea they’d all come together to help come up with a better idea.’’
Their sculpture features a bride and groom joined in ‘‘holeless matrimony,’’ witnessed by a dental floss celebrant, ring bearer tooth and flower girl tooth.
The school won $1000 to spend on sports equipment.
Auckland’s Belmont School was the top carton collector with 9077 cartons.
White wedding: Redwood School’s winning toothpaste box sculpture, ‘‘Just Cleaned,’’ which won the school a national creativity prize.