Birthday project sees com­pany cre­ate new sand pit for preschool

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

As part of Waratah New Zealand – Steel Track and Engi­neer­ing’s 175th birthday work, a new sand pit has been cre­ated for Toko­roa’s Ata Marie Te Ko­hanga Reo preschool.

The te reo im­mer­sion early child­hood cen­tre’s 21-year-old sand pit was given a well over­due makeover last week.

The new ad­di­tion to the school’s play­ground has cre­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment among the staff and the 34 pre-school­ers.

The lat­ter can­not wait to use their new and much big­ger sand pit.

Waratah, a John Deere­owned com­pany had ad­ver­tised that it wanted to vol­un­teer for community projects to mark the com­pany’s longevity in South Waikato.

Ata Marie Te Ko­hanga Reo’s Erina Ward said the new sand pit was twice the size of the orig­i­nal and they felt hon­oured and grate­ful to be one of the five community projects to ben­e­fit from War­ratah vol­un­teer­ing staff and equip­ment.

Of the five project ap­pli­cants, four in­volved tree plant­ing.

Work­ers planted up to 2000 trees along the Wai­hou Walk­way.

There are five ko­hanga reos in Toko­roa with Ata Marie Te Ko­hanga Reo the youngest hav­ing been founded 22 years ago.

The cen­tre pro­vides a wide range of ac­tiv­i­ties with a core fo­cus on the Maori lan­guage and cul­ture.

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