Pupils achieve goals
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.