June 2011 Recipients
Massey Primary School will soon be harvesting from their new orchard thanks to a $1,783 grant from the Mazda Foundation.
The school plans to use the fund to plant an orchard in a bid to offer healthier lunch options for students. The fruit will be available to all students and their whanau.
Tina Hodson, Massey Primary School’s Fundraiser, says, “We hope to include all the school children in this project, starting with the layout and planting of the trees.
“Our aim is to educate the children about the value of fresh fruit by involving them in the planting, growing and harvesting process.”
The school is looking forward to the numerous benefits the orchard will bring, including increased immunity which will lower absentee rates; improved attention and achievement levels; and a reduction in littering within school grounds.