Wet winter no worries
A fast approaching wet winter won’t dampen the spirits of Tanui Full Primary Students.
They are confident the generous donation of 190 umbrellas will keep them dry.
Vivian Rikona has reached out to her first school in attempt to keep all Tokoroa children dry as they walk to and from school.
It was during a trip to take her own children to school last year that the idea came to her.
‘‘ I travelled from the Cramond St end of town to Tainui and I saw a lot of children walking in the rain,’’ she said.
The sight tugged at her heart strings and she immediately decided to do something.
Tainui students were delighted when they were each presented with an age and sex appropriate umbrella during a special assembly.
‘‘ That was just a wow moment for me,’’ Rikona said.
Principal Tania Morrison said it was extremely thoughtful and something the children will treasure.
This is the first time she has ever witnessed such a donation. ‘‘So it’s really special.’’ Rikona was joined by Awhina Stewart and Tinney Rikona in her successfully efforts to find a sponsor.
They have already visited their second school to the delight of students.
‘‘We just want to keep going from school to school.’’