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