Schools call for old phones

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By LAURA McLEAY

Dig out your old bro­ken phones be­cause two Mata­mata Schools are out to col­lect them.

Mata­mata Pri­mary and Hin­uera Pri­mary School have signed up for Star­ship Hos­pi­tal’s School Phone Swap scheme which is a unique pro­gramme that helps both the na­tional chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal as well as the schools in­volved.

The idea is that any school can join and col­lect as many old phones as poss- ible. Whether they are bro­ken or still work­ing, the school can do­nate them to Star­ship and re­ceive re­sources for their class­rooms in ex­change.

For as few as 55 mo­bile phones, a school can get a dig­i­tal cam­era. For 85 phones it can re­ceive a sports pack­age and 155 a Sony Handy cam.

The more phones – the big­ger the re­ward. If a school col­lects more than 570 phones, it can re­ceive an in­ter­ac­tive white­board.

Hin­uera Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Dean Mc­Don­nell said he thought this was a great ini­tia­tive to be in­volved in and the school would ap­pre­ci­ate it if any phones peo­ple had ly­ing around could be brought into the school of­fice.

The money made from the phones that Star­ship gets is sent to Star­ship’s Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

If you have an old phone to do­nate, drop it into ei­ther the Mata­mata Pri­mary or Hin­uera School of­fice from Mon­day to Fri­day dur­ing school hours.

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