Mis­sion com­plete – for now

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

The erec­tion of Toko­roa High School’s im­pres­sive out­door shel­ter is a wel­come sight for stu­dents as win­ter ap­proaches.

The metal struc­ture, a stu­dent- driven project that be­gan seven years ago, will also act an an out­door cafe and shade dur­ing who­leschool events.

The project has fallen un­der the um­brella of Mis­sion On, a pro­gramme picked up by a hand­ful of stu­dents each year.

The goal for the young group is to look at do­ing things to im­prove the school grounds.

Teacher in charge Yvonne Evans said ev­ery year the par­tic­i­pants have built on the out­door shel­ter project with a clear goal in mind.

‘‘When the kids are re­spon­si­ble for some­thing they be­come more in­volved,’’ she said.

The stu­dents raised about $ 25,000 for the struc­ture, while the re­main­ing $20,000 was gifted by the Board of Trustees.

Evans said the struc­ture is stage one of a big­ger goal.

She said the next task for the Mis­sion On stu­dents is to fundraise about $10,000 for out­door fur­ni­ture fol­lowed by an­other $ 30,000 for wind­down blinds to cover the sides of the per­ma­nent struc­ture. The school held its sec­ond Gala Day in the new shel­ter to raise money for stage two.

Keen sell­ers: Chloe Her­man, left and Monique Shaw sell their bak­ing to fundraise for the next Mis­sion On project. Handy bak­ers: Cur­tis Pumphry, left, Me­landi Ap­pel and Shannon Rackham are proud of what they have on of­fer.

Fun times: It’s all go at Toko­roa High School’s Gala Day, bouncy cas­tle and all.

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