To children a year can feel like a lifetime but to grown ups five years can feel like yesterday.
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Being together and taking care of each other are such important values, but even more so during difficult times.
To mark the anniversary of the devastating Christchurch 22 February earthquake, Kidsfirst Parkland's children and teachers gathered together under the kindergarten walnut tree, to remember.
“We thought about our wider community and had a minutes silence for the suffering caused by the earthquake five years ago,” says Head Teacher, Cindy Snelson.
Too young to experience the big shake five years ago, reminders of that day are all around our children. They hear about it through the stories we tell, they can feel the continuing aftershocks.
They can see the buildings and suburban houses slowly rising from the rubble. And they explain it in their own ways.
“There was a big, big, big earthquake and some people got hurt and some people went to the hospital,” says Kidsfirst Parklands Fionn.
Hamish added, “Some people went up to heaven.”
Even though it was a sad day to remember, it’s great to see people continue to help each other to get through, together.
Kidsfirst Parklands took time to remember those who we lost, those who suffered and those who are still dealing with the aftermath of the February quake.
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.