Treemen­dous makeover

Kapi-Mana News - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Dis­cov­ery School’s out­door area was con­verted with a Treemen­dous School Makeover on May 7. More than 250 mem­bers of the Whitby com­mu­nity helped cre­ate three out­door class­rooms.

The makeover pro­gramme is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the Mazda Foun­da­tion and Project Crim­son in which four schools each year re­ceive a $10,000 makeover, trans­form­ing an out­door space with na­tive plants for pupils to learn from.

The school trans­formed 600 square me­tres of slop­ing bank into three in­ter­ac­tive out­door class­rooms. Over 700 harakeke, kowhai and rata trees were planted. They will at­tract more na­tive birds for the stu­dents to learn about.

Allan David­son, the Mas­ter of Lodge Wind­sor, presents the prin­ci­pal of Holy Fam­ily School, Chris Theobald, with a $1000 cheque to go towards the break­fast pro­gramme. The money will go towards sup­port­ing Holy Fam­ily’s break­fast in schools pro­gramme, in which about 45 stu­dents have break­fast at school each morn­ing. The teach­ers em­pha­sise that chil­dren learn far bet­ter when they have suf­fi­cient fuel to power their brains and the Lodge Wind­sor do­na­tion will en­able Holy Fam­ily to of­fer more va­ri­ety for break­fast in the form of dif­fer­ent spreads for their toast or some fruit for their ce­real.

Tamsin Knight left, and her sis­ter Saf­fron at the school makeover.

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