Books and sta­tionery bound for Fiji

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - AMY BAKER

There are around 15 boxes al­ready with more to come, thanks to the ef­forts of stu­dents at an Al­bany school.

Pens, books and art sets are just some of the items do­nated to a drive by Al­bany Ju­nior High School stu­dents to col­lect sta­tionery for two pri­mary schools in Fiji.

Project leader Brooke Figgess, 13, said they have been ‘‘re­ally sur­prised’’ by the turn out.

The idea to give to the Pa­cific Is­land came from hear­ing about an­other group mem­ber’s trip there and see­ing schools run­down and with­out ma­te­ri­als.

Sta­tionery will be shipped to Mala­mala Public School and Togo Pri­mary School, each around 100-200 stu­dents.

The group of five ini­tially be­gan by writ­ing let­ters to ask for spon­sor­ship. How­ever, when this proved un­fruit­ful, a col­lec­tion box was placed at Har­courts in Green­hithe and at their school.

Since then, do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity have poured in.

The project is part of the school’s in­te­grated learn­ing, us­ing real world projects based around a theme to help make a change to com­mu­nity. Year 8 teacher Shel­ley Brock­elsby said the col­lec­tion had taken the project to the ‘‘next level’’.

‘‘The whole idea of this as­sign­ment was to get the kids to look out­side New Zealand and re­ally look at global is­sues,’’ she said. with

AMY BAKER

Al­bany Ju­nior High School stu­dents Brooke Figgess and Bry­die Quinn (front) with Poppy Amor and Ella Roberts (back) with the col­lec­tion so far.

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