Birthday project sees company create new sand pit for preschool
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.