Storm hits kindy hard
New awnings ruined, playhouse broken
Despite storm damage at Beanstalk Kindergarten in Tawa children are celebrating Matariki.
There is even an observatory.
Made of recycled cardboard with pipe cleaner stars shooting from its roof, it adds to the joyful atmosphere.
The kindy is recovering from the after effects of recent storm damage.
Beanstalk supervisor, Louise Bourne says it was heart breaking to see recently- installed awnings damaged beyond repair.
‘‘We had put in so much work and fundraising to install the awnings at a cost of $4000.’’
In addition to the damaged screens, a wall had fallen off the back porch, sheds were damaged and a playhouse had been wrenched from its foundations and tipped over.
Mrs Bourne says the kindergarten offers a unique service in the area.
‘‘ Beanstalk is the only remaining early childhood centre in Tawa offering sessio- nal hours to families, as the local kindergartens are soon to switch to longer days to meet costs.
‘‘ The damage from the storm is upsetting, but I’m sure our community, staff and families will once again pull together to repair the damage.’’
The not- for- profit centre opened in 1976.