Seedlings help pay it for­ward

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - JAIME MCIN­TYRE

The Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate stu­dents of room three are a lively, ex­cited and car­ing group of chil­dren.

That is the de­scrip­tion from room three teacher, Jaime McIn­tyre.

The class de­cided to take it upon them­selves to grow seedlings and donate them to the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den.

The seedlings are part of the New World Lit­tle Gar­den pro­mo­tion.

‘‘They’re very gen­uine. When they said let’s grow some veg­eta­bles and donate them to the com­mu­nity, so that ev­ery­one has fresh ve­g­ies to eat for din­ner, and then on the way back from do­ing such a task, they then ask to pick up rub­bish, they ac­tu­ally meant it,’’ said McIn­tyre.

‘‘I think this is such a beau­ti­ful trait to have, and I am a lucky teacher to have 32 chil­dren in my class that all pos­sess this spe­cial trait, and who truly use it to help the greater good.’’

On Tues­day, Novem­ber 22, 10 stu­dents rep­re­sent­ing room three, walked down to the com­mu­nity gardens lo­cated at the back of the Union Parish Church on Pe­ria Road, and planted 100 plants.

Veg­eta­bles in­cluded let­tuce, broc­coli, cab­bage, chili and a range of herbs as well.

McIn­tyre, said Jan Mott, who runs the com­mu­nity gar­den was ex­tremely help­ful in pre­par­ing the gar­den beds.

Jan, along with her late hus­band John and a small ded­i­cated band of helpers, started the com­mu­nity gardens three years ago. The gar­den is avail­able for the whole com­mu­nity.

‘‘Keep­ing the gardens alive keeps John’s mem­ory and all his hard work on­go­ing in sup­port­ing our com­mu­nity. I want ev­ery­one to know the com­mu­nity gar­den is flour­ish­ing thanks to my sup­port­ers,’’ said Mott.

McIn­tyre said room three’s wish is the do­nated veg­eta­bles will ‘bloom like crazy, and help to feed the wider whanau’.

‘‘We would love to see these veg­eta­bles help­ing fam­i­lies in need, es­pe­cially for Christ­mas lunch. Please, pop down and help your­self to some veg­eta­bles to en­joy with your fam­ily on Christ­mas Day. Noth­ing would make us hap­pier.

‘‘A big thank you to all of those that helped room three to col­lect the lit­tle gardens, so that we could grow and donate them to the com­mu­nity gardens.

‘‘Pay­ing it for­ward is prob­a­bly the most beau­ti­ful thing in the world,’’ she said.

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Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate do­nated their lit­tle gar­den seedlings to the Mata­mata Com­mu­nity Gar­den

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