Push for play­ground cash

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

Wa­ter­slides, bar­be­cues and more – Pa­pakowhai School stu­dents are pitch­ing in to fundraise for a new school play­ground.

Lisa Avery, who chairs the home and school com­mit­tee, said stu­dents had been work­ing hard to put to­gether the $80,000 needed for a new play­ground.

‘‘The kids have re­ally got on board with want­ing to fundraise for the new play­ground,’’ she said. ‘‘ At ev­ery event they’re there help­ing out.’’

Dis­cos, movie nights and ladies’ nights were just a few of the events be­ing held to gather the cash.

Mrs Avery said con­struc­tion could be­gin on the new play­ground by the end of the year.

More than $13,000 had been raised so far.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Shane Robin­son said hav­ing fun places for chil­dren to play helped their learn­ing.

‘‘If kids have ad­e­quate play spa­ces, when you get them back in the class­room they are much more fo­cused,’’ he said.

Mr Robin­son said the ben­e­fits of play for chil­dren in­cluded be­ing chal­lenged, in­creased con­fi­dence and healthy bod­ies.

He said he could re­mem­ber the sense of achieve­ment from be­ing able to swing on the mon­key bars when he was at school.

Mrs Avery said the next fundrais­ing event for the school would be host­ing chil­dren’s brain ex­pert Dr Kathryn Ber­kett from the Brain­wave Trust on March 27.

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