Mo­biles needed

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Rus­sell School need those old bricks, cells and mob­bys.

As part of the na­tion­wide Phones for Re­wards School Ap­peal pro­mo­tion by the Star­ship Foun­da­tion, the school is col­lect­ing old cell­phones.

There is a box in re­cep­tion that had, by last count, 40 old dungers that have long passed their use­ful­ness.

They can be ‘‘cashed in’’ for re­wards from cam­eras and sports pack­ages (55 and 85 old phones, re­spec­tively) up to the ul­ti­mate: an elec­tronic white­board that con­nects to the in­ter­net.

This re­quires 1375 phones to be col­lected but that is the goal for Rus­sell School, says teacher Laura Roberts.

They have two of the elec­tronic white­boards in­stalled and would love a third.

‘‘They’re in­ter­ac­tive and the kids just love them.

‘‘Many of the fam­i­lies here don’t tend to have com­put­ers or in­ter­net at home so this is some­thing they get ex­cited about and want to use ev­ery day.

‘‘It’s a great tool to have, we’d love one in ev­ery class­room but we have pretty tight bud­get re­straints.’’

Af­ter send­ing a note home with stu­dents re­cently, and hav­ing a few dozen old phones handed in, the hope is to get the word out to the wider com­mu­nity.

So scour those bed­side draw­ers or the third one down in the kitchen that nor­mally has rub­ber bands, old pegs and pens that don’t work in it, to see if there’s an old mo­bile there.

The pro­mo­tion has been run since 2010.

Phones col­lected by Star­ship are passed on to sup­port the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s Na­tional Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice which flies chil­dren from all over New Zealand to Star­ship Hospi­tal.

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