Kids rise to challenge
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.