Schools call for old phones
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.