Preschool­ers give up toys, clothes to raise money

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By MATTHEW DAL­LAS

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.

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