Pupils achieve goals

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By MATHEW GROCOTT

Pu­taruru is a town full of promis­ing young­sters if last Wed­nes­day’s Pride Medal cer­e­mony is any­thing to go by.

More than 220 chil­dren from schools in the area re­ceived medals at the event at Pu­taruru Plaza.

Guest speaker, league star Manu Vatu­vei told the chil­dren to work hard.

‘‘If you’ve got a dream, never give up, just strive for it, noth­ing comes easy, there will be lots of ups and downs.’’

PRIDE is a pro­gramme in place in six South Waikato schools: Pu­taruru Pri­mary, Lich­field, Te Waotu, St Mary’s, Ti­rau and Pu­taruru Col­lege.

It is open to chil­dren from eight to 13 years and chal­lenges them to com­plete ten tasks dur­ing the year.

The tasks in­clude ac­tiv­i­ties in the home such as cook­ing meals, tak­ing part in com­mu­nity events, help­ing oth­ers and aca­demic chal­lenges.

In open­ing Wed­nes­day’s cer­e­mony Te Waotu School prin­ci­pal Bruce Dar­roch con­grat­u­lated the chil­dren re­ceiv­ing medals.

‘‘It’s about chil­dren con­nect­ing with their fam­i­lies, con­nect­ing with their com­mu­nity,’’ he said.

Te Waotu School’s PRIDE medal win­ners with guest speaker Manu Vatu­vei.

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