September 2013 Recipients
The Mazda Foundation donated over $2,000 to Perry Outdoor Education Trust as part of its final round of funding for 2013.
The Hamilton based trust works with schools to develop quality outdoor education programmes that schools can sustain and build into its curriculum. Currently the trust works with 11 low decile schools from all around the country. The programme coordinators provide a free service to support teachers with how to tailor their curriculum to include outdoor experiences for students.
The funding from the Mazda Foundation will allow the trust to purchase two replacement mountain bikes to ensure the trust can continue to deliver interesting outdoor experiences for students that attend these schools.
The trust works very closely with low decile schools to help them develop engaging and educational outdoor experiences for students. Students are encouraged to learn and connect with their environment with an aim to empower them and provide them with an experience they otherwise may not have been able to enjoy.
The mountain bikes will allow the trust to offer more bike orientated activities for the students and will help to engage the students and most importantly make a fun environment for them to learn in.