Chasing circuits for a cause
- putting the wheels under doing good for the local community.
Wheelathons are a longstanding kindy tradition - but this year's event at Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North had a whole new lesson in store for the children.
This year, it was not to raise money for new kindy equipment as it usually is. Instead, the kindergarten group saw a more pressing need in its community - the children were sponsored with non-perishable food items that were given to the community via the Kaiapoi food bank.
More than 500 items were donated.
Kidsfirst Kaiapoi North Head Teacher JIll Chatterton says they aim to foster a sense of community at the kindergarten.
"We want our children to grow up being responsible, contributing citizens with an understanding, consideration and tolerance of individual differences and abilities."
"We create an environment where every opportunity is a learning experience. It is important for children to develop empathy - to be able to percieve another's points of view, their thoughts and ideas. So being able to see others' needs, and doing their bit to help is all part of that."
Community involvement is a huge part of the kindergarten, with parents and whanau generously giving their time and expertise to help out.
"The Wheelathon was another opportunity for the children to see that we are an important part of a wider community, and that we have respect for the environment and those within it," Jill says.
KIDSFIRST KINDERGARTENS ARE A NOT FOR PROFIT ASSOCIATION THAT HAS DEVELOPED AND MAINTAINED KINDERGARTENS IN CHRISTCHURCH, CANTERBURY AND ON THE WEST COAST FOR OVER 100 YEARS - AS THE PLACE LOCAL KIDS COME TO LEARN, PLAY AND HAVE FUN.
Fundraising has always been a part of kindy life.
With creativity, hard work and the support of families and people within our neighbourhoods, kindys have achieved some amazing feats through fundraising - with lots of learning and fun to be had along the way.