Wet win­ter no wor­ries

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

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.’’

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