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