Holiday helpers muck in at kindy
Students lend a hand after storm
Tairangi Kindergarten was last week visited by a special clean-up crew, who helped to tidy up after the June 20 storm.
Teacher Ula Tusani said a working bee was planned, but the kindy struggled to find parents who could take part.
‘‘We still had the mess around the place from the storm, so we put it out to the community, to see if there was anyone who could help.’’
Mrs Tusani said she was grateful to get a response from Wesley Community Action Group in Waitangirua.
The group sent eight students aged 11 to 18 to help as part of a community-focused holiday programme.
During their eight-hour visit, the group trimmed trees, pulled out weeds, swept and picked up rubbish left from the storm.
‘‘These little kids need to be acknowledged for what they did,’’ Mrs Tusani said.
‘‘It was a big job for a small group. [They] did a lot and without pay.
‘‘I’m very grateful. It’s not something all children will do.’’
Youth mentor Findlay Siania said the programme was a great opportunity for students to meet new people, while helping the community.
During their week-long holiday programme, participants cleared rubbish from Waitangirua Mall and painted a mural at the back of the mall, Mr Siania said.
‘‘We can always have fun by working together [and] enjoying the outdoors.’’
Tidy Kiwis: Helpful students helped to tidy up Tairangi Kindergarten during the school holidays.