Mission complete – for now
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.