Storm hits kindy hard

New awnings ru­ined, play­house bro­ken

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By LIZ WYLIE

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.

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