School grant for ICT


An ex­tra $3000 will be put to good use at David Henry School.

The Toko­roa school was one of two in the Waikato to re­ceive fund­ing from the Mazda Foun­da­tion in the first round of grants for 2015.

The money has fully spon­sored the pur­chase of li­cences for Read­ing Eggs and Mathletics.

The school is decile 1 and lo­cated in a low so­cioe­co­nomic area, but Prin­ci­pal Fiona Gott said all chil­dren should have ac­cess to the best pos­si­ble re­sources to im­prove their ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘Our mis­sion state­ment is ‘Ed­u­cate To­day for To­mor­row’ and we be­lieve teach­ing through ICT is vi­tal to pre­pare our stu­dents for the fu­ture.

‘‘Cur­rently a num­ber of our chil­dren are achiev­ing be­low na­tional stan­dards so our fo­cus for the com­ing year is to con­tinue to lift read­ing and math lev­els. We an­tic­i­pate these pro­grammes, made pos­si­ble by the Mazda Foun­da­tion, will help us achieve this.’’

She said the school has been run­ning Read­ing Eggs for four years now, but has never had it fully spon­sored.

The school was able to pur­chase 10 new lap­tops with the money that was orig­i­nally set aside for in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy.

‘‘It means you can just jig­gle things around a bit more,’’ Gott said.

The school is also on a high af­ter re­ceiv­ing $2000 from the En­deav­our Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion. The money will go to­wards the school camp pay­ing for ac­com­mo­da­tion and trans­port.

‘‘It just sup­ports the fam­i­lies,’’ Gott said.

She said David Henry School would not be alone in hav­ing to rely on ex­ter­nal fund­ing for those niceties.

‘‘ It’s like Christ­mas.’’



for Mazda Foun­da­tion The Mazda Foun­da­tion is funded through a con­tri­bu­tion from the sale of ev­ery new Mazda in New Zealand. This round has seen more than $80,000 do­nated to 28 in­di­vid­u­als and groups.

The Foun­da­tion has gifted over $ 1.7mil­lion back to the com­mu­nity since its in­cep­tion. Three fund­ing rounds are held each year, se­lect­ing New Zealan­ders, com­mu­nity groups and char­i­ties in need of sup­port.

The clos­ing date for the next round of Mazda Foun­da­tion ap­pli­ca­tions is 30 June 2015. En­deav­our Foun­da­tion The En­deav­our Com­mu­nity Foun­da­tion has in­vested more than $100,000 in the South Waikato com­mu­nity this year.

Ev­ery month the or­gan­i­sa­tion, which gets its funds through gam­bling, hands out grants to dif­fer­ent not for profit bod­ies, in seven ar­eas where the foun­da­tion has gam­bling venues, such as Toko­roa’s Re­tox Bar.

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