Toy ap­peal to help event go off with a bang

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

‘‘The chil­dren have been in­volved with it all, com­ing up with ideas and see­ing if they’re doable or not.’’

A softer, cud­dlier ap­proach to fundrais­ing has pupils at a Marl­bor­ough school look­ing for furry friends.

Pupils at Whit­ney Street School, in Blen­heim, have been work­ing hard over the past few weeks for their an­nual Lights Over Marl­bor­ough fire­works fundraiser.

It is the first year the school has in­cluded a toy stall at the event.

To help en­sure it goes with a bang, stall or­gan­is­ers are ap­peal- ing for do­na­tions of preloved or new toys in good con­di­tion to sell.

Hosted by the school for 34 years, Lights Over Marl­bor­ough is held at the Marl­bor­ough A&P Show­grounds ev­ery year.

The pop­u­lar show at­tracts thou­sands and this year’s show prom­ises to have even more on of­fer than be­fore.

Year 5 and 6 teacher Christie Dalzell has been help­ing or­gan­ise the event since she joined the school five years ago.

‘‘The chil­dren have been in­volved with it all, com­ing up with ideas and see­ing if they’re doable or not. The stalls at Kid­zone last year were re­ally suc­cess­ful so it will be big­ger this year.

‘‘At the mo­ment, the chil­dren are mak­ing slime to sell and work­ing on get­ting the recipe right to make bulk amounts. They’ve been fol­low­ing the recipe and some science has come into it and some prob­lem-solv­ing skills to get it right.

‘‘Most chil­dren have grasped the en­ter­prise side of things and they know that the more goods are do­nated then the more money they’ll make for the school,’’ she says.

The pop­u­lar Lights Over Marl­bor­ough will be held on Novem­ber 18 be­tween 6pm and 10pm at the Marl­bor­ough A&P Show­grounds on the corner of Maxwell and Alabama roads.

All fam­ily passes, $35 for two adults and three chil­dren, pur­chased be­fore Novem­ber 18 will go into the draw to win spe­cial VIP seat­ing.

Passes are avail­able from Gill Con­struc­tion Com­pany at 95 Mid­dle Ren­wick Rd dur­ing busi­ness hours Mon­day to Fri­day. Ask for Roger or Shona.

Tick­ets are also avail­able from the gate for $8 for adults and chil­dren over 5. Un­der 5s are free.

Toy do­na­tions can be dropped off at Whit­ney Street School dur­ing school hours.


Whit­ney Street School pupils, from left, Kyla Thorn­stensen, 10, Char­lotte Hutchi­son, 10, Jas­mine O’Con­nor, 11, and Ma­yara Pink, 10, have been sort­ing toy do­na­tions for the new Lights Over Marl­bor­ough stall.

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