Harshini takes away third prize

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

Harshini Naidu’s love of Christ­mas art has won her third place in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion through Kid­sCan.

The artis­tic 10-year-old Firth Pri­mary stu­dent’s ac­co­lade has given her school a prize of $1500 plus a wee bit of pocket money for her­self.

Harshini says she loves mak­ing Christ­mas-themed art, so an op­por­tu­nity at a school-wide project to draw a Christ­mas pic­ture was right up her al­ley.

Harshini was one of four chil­dren who have earned their schools a to­tal of $9000, thanks to their win­ning de­signs be­ing picked by The Cof­fee Club New Zealand and Kid­sCan for their new Christ­mas cups and nap­kins.

More than 300 de­signs were re­ceived from over 30 schools to find the four win­ners.

Harshini’s de­sign is fea­tured on The Cof­fee Club’s small take­away cups. She says she was pretty ‘‘pumped and ex­cited’’ to have won money for her­self and the school too.

The Christ­mas Cup com­pe­ti­tion aims to raise aware­ness of the work be­ing done by Kid­sCan to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion, health and well­be­ing of chil­dren liv­ing in hard­ship.

It’s now in its third year and has seen $30,000 do­nated to schools and the kids by The Cof­fee Club in that time.

‘‘It’s one of the best things we have the priv­i­lege of be­ing in­volved in,’’ says The Cof­fee Club di­rec­tor Andy Lu­cas.

‘‘The de­signs we re­ceived were so cre­ative and fun. Pick­ing a win­ner this year was re­ally dif­fi­cult, we had quite a few favourites to choose from. It’s great to see so many en­tries and to be able to help the win­ning schools.’’

Firth Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal James Eldridge says from a large pool of en­tries from Firth stu­dents, they had the hard job of choos­ing only three of the top en­tries from each age group to sub­mit for the com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I asked the opin­ion of many staff we all thought Harshini was a win­ner,’’ Eldridge says.

‘‘The chil­dren and staff were ex­cited to hear on the last day of term two that Harshini had won third prize.’’

Firth Pri­mary School has been a Kid­sCan spon­sored school for five years and Eldridge says he loves what the char­i­ta­ble trust does for their stu­dents.

‘‘We are so very grate­ful our chil­dren have had a chance to en­ter with the Cof­fee Cup Christ­mas com­pe­ti­tion.’’

Firth Pri­mary School’s Harshini Naidu’s pic­ture won third place in a Christ­mas Cup com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­ised by Kid­sCan.

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