THE RECIPE FOR NEW SWING SET
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.