Room full of sta­tionery for Porirua chil­dren

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Porirua school­child­ren will get a help­ing hand to­wards a bet­ter education this year.

A grant of $10,000 has been used by the Porirua Foun­da­tion to buy hun­dreds of ex­er­cise books, glue sticks, pens and pen­cils and other sta­tionery for dis­tri­bu­tion to low-decile schools around Porirua

David Oughton, from the Porirua Foun­da­tion, said it was the se­cond time the Books In Schools pro­gramme had been run and that 21 schools would ben­e­fit this year.

He said the hand­outs would be a huge help for par­ents, but more im­por­tantly would as­sist chil­dren by giv­ing them the tools they needed to learn.

‘‘It’s bloody worth it. Schools never have enough money to do what they want. What we’ve done means th­ese schools will have money spare to do other stuff they might not nor­mally be able to do,’’ Oughton said.

Fund­ing came from the Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion and the mass of sta­tionery was bought at a heavy dis­count from The Ware­house in Porirua.

Oughton said ev­ery­thing would be de­liv­ered this week, just in time for the first term.

‘‘It’s a way we can in­vest in education around Porirua, be­cause if chil­dren don’t learn, they won’t go any­where.

‘‘The teach­ers and prin­ci­pals just love it. It’s also great that The Ware­house is keen to be in­volved.’’

Schools will get be­tween $400 and $700 worth of sta­tionery de­pend­ing on their decile rat­ing.

The foun­da­tion also do­nated $10,000 in the first year of the pro­ject.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic that we’ve been able to do it again.’’

In pre­vi­ous years, Porirua Foun­da­tion has worked hard in the com­mu­nity and was one of the key fundrais­ers for Te Rau­paraha Arena.

The arena opened in Novem­ber 2008 and cost about $17 mil­lion to build.

‘‘This is what the foun­da­tion was set up to do, to help peo­ple and help the com­mu­nity.’’

Oughton said there were lots of things the foun­da­tion did, but in re­cent years it had been qui­etly work­ing away in the back­ground.

An­other ini­tia­tive the foun­da­tion has sup­ported has been the Porirua Satur­day Mar­ket.

PHOTO: DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

David Oughton has a room full of sta­tionery ready to be dis­trib­uted to lowdecile Porirua schools.

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