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Pupils celebrate community services

Charge nurse manager of paediatrics at Wairarapa Hospital Tess Geard was very grateful for the care packages from the children. PHOTO/EMMA BROWN

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Masterton’s Douglas Park school pupils spent Friday saying thank you to sectors of the community as part of a “service day”.

Each class did something different to give back to the Masterton community, with care packages delivered to the fire station, ambulance, police, and the paediatric ward at Wairarapa Hospital.

Pupils also made dog biscuits for the SPCA and replanted some native trees.

Principal Gareth Sinton said the day went well.

The children he took to the fire station to see the fire and ambulance crews were proud of what they had done, he said.

Not only did they like seeing the trucks but also talking to the staff about their day.

“The idea came from the school’s motto to develop great kids to develop great communities,” Sinton said.

Teacher Kiri Eagle said the day aimed show pupils the link between the school and other sectors.

“It’s all about the kids giving back to their communities and understanding that the school is part of a wider community and we can all benefit from helping each other,” she said.

“It was a really successful day.

“We have already received lots of thanks from the community saying they love the school and appreciate the community spirit. The kids all can’t wait until our next service day and are already thinking of ideas for next time.

“Overall it was a great way for the kids to start thinking of the wider community and how they can contribute positively.”

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