Preschoolers give up toys, clothes to raise money
Families in need of cheap pre-school toys and garments should stomp down to Plimmerton this Saturday for Pauatahanui Preschool’s Green Elephant Sale.
The preschool’s kids and friends have gathered up books, clothes and toys they no longer use in an effort to raise money for new resources.
The sale is being held at St Andrew’s Church Hall, which is central to the preschool’s community. Drawing a maximum of 13 toddlers from Papakowhai to Paekakariki, it is one of only two Wellington Kindergarten Federation preschools for under-threes in the region (the other is in Hataitai), Parents Committee chairperson Emma Kelly says.
The preschool is facing a busy 12 months as it awaits approval from the Department of Conservation for a portion of scenic reserve land to be reclassified. The rear play area encroaches on Raroa Reserve, and the reclassification will legitimise the land use.
‘‘It will cover the same footprint as now,’’ says Ms Kelly.
Additional space is being sought at the front of the centre as part of a plan to bulldoze the building and construct a larger, purpose-built pre-school, and play areas that can be used by the community in the weekends.
‘‘The building is very tired and it’s in a grace period of being assessed by the Ministry of Education. [In its current state] it would not meet the required guidelines.’’
Once the land use is approved, designs will be firmed up and submitted for resource consent, she says.
The Green Elephant Sale runs from 9.30am to 12.30pm. Gold coin entry, coffee and food available.
Up for grabs: Liam Kelly, Zoe Wilson and Luis Meo inspect some of the toys that will be sold at Pauatahanui Preschool’s Green Elephant Sale.