Kinder­garten’s cook­book to fund play equip­ment


WHAT do creamy chicken car­bonara and vanilla slice have in com­mon?

They are both de­li­cious recipes in­cluded in Heath­cote Kinder­garten’s new cook­book.

The pub­li­ca­tion, which also fea­tures draw­ings by the stu­dents, is the brain­child of the Kin­der Par­ents and Friends Com­mit­tee. It was de­vel­oped to help raise $5000 for a new swing set af­ter the orig­i­nal was de­stroyed by ter­mites.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Han­nah Thom­son said the chil­dren were miss­ing their swing set. ‘‘The cur­ricu­lum is strongly fo­cused on play,’’ she said. “Stud­ies show that ex­pe­ri­en­tial learn­ing is very im­por­tant for a child’s de­vel­op­ment.’’

Mrs Thom­son con­firmed that while there had been great sup­port from busi­nesses and com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing Heath­cote and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank, Heath­cote Lions Club and Man­dalay, ex­tra help was needed.

‘‘We’re hop­ing that by re­leas­ing the cook­book just be­fore Christ­mas, that will get us over the line,” she said.

‘‘We’ve also had a gi­ant raf­fle with more than 30 lo­cal busi­nesses con­tribut­ing. The sup­port of the com­mu­nity has just been fan­tas­tic.’’

Heath­cote and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank branch man­ager Michael Prowse said they had do­nated $2000 to­wards a new swing set.

“We are proud to make this in­vest­ment,” he said. “Chil­dren are the fu­ture of our town and it’s cru­cial to sup­port their de­vel­op­ment”.

Mr Prowse con­firmed that more than 20 per cent of the cook­books have al­ready been sold.

Heath­cote Lions Club se­cretry Greg Speirs said it cov­ered the cost of print­ing and had do­nated a fur­ther $1000. Man­dalay Re­sources con­trib­uted $150.

The cook­book, which con­tains the recipes of more than 20 kin­der fam­ily favourites, is a mix of trusted ‘‘go-to’’ recipes and ad­ven­tur­ous dishes such as pump­kin and cran­berry quinoa salad.

Kin­der par­ent Lau­ren Tobin said some recipes, such as Gran Touhey’s ap­ple cake slice, had been passed down through sev­eral gen­er­a­tions.

“My daugh­ter, Nel­lie, picked that one out as it’s her favourite,’’ Lau­ren said. ‘‘It’s been in our fam­ily for years.’’

The cook­book costs $10 and is avail­able from the kin­der or from Heath­cote and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank.

Work­ing to­gether — Heath­cote and Dis­trict Com­mu­nity Bank and Heath­cote Lions Club rep­re­sen­ta­tives to­gether with kinder­garten stu­dents and par­ents are be­hind a cook­book to help raise $5000 for a new swing set.

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