Kids rise to chal­lenge

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STEWART

Give a class­room of chil­dren $100 and see what they make of it – it could sur­prise you.

Room 1 at Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate man­aged to turn a 100 dol­lar note into an in­cred­i­ble $918 in just 24 hours.

The kids took on a chal­lenge from their teacher Deb­bie Cur­rie to make as much money as they could to send to the Philip­pines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan.

Within a day, they had or­gan­ised a sausage siz­zle and food stalls to run dur­ing the school’s busy lunchtime on Fri­day.

New World Mata­mata jumped on board by do­nat­ing bread sausages for the bar­be­cue.

The class also sold home bak­ing, choco­late bars, lol­lies and fizzy drinks.

Stu­dent Aleisha Cur­rie said they were hop­ing to raise as much as pos­si­ble to help peo­ple af­fected by the su­per storm.

‘‘We hope to make a dif­fer­ence in at least one per­son’s life,’’ she said.

Class­mate Owen Velt­man said it had been chaos or­gan­is­ing the event in such a small space of time but the class was hav­ing fun.

Mrs Cur­rie said the fundrais­ing task tied in with the class­room’s fo­cus on fi­nan­cial lit­er­acy and help­ing oth­ers.

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