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A real family connection...
Red-zoning may have forced some of them out of the area, but one Eastern Christchurch family will certainly not be forgotten at its kindergarten.
Grandmother Maire Edwards attended Kidsfirst Shirley in her preschool days, two of her and husband David’s children headed there, and their four grandchildren have come through the kindy, the last one finishing at the end of 2012.
With their house red-zoned, the couple are reluctantly leaving the area, so they approached the kindy with a very generous donation to give something back to the community they have been in for so many years.
Working with the teaching team, they have chosen a flax sculpture and some new equipment to enhance the kindergarten’s outdoor area. The family was invited to the kindergarten’s Christmas party, where the sculpture and plaque bearing their name was unveiled.
Head Teacher Janette Bowen says they are incredibly grateful the family has been so generous to the kindergarten.
“They felt their children had gained so much here, and in leaving the community, they’re now leaving a part of them here in the area.”
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.
One family from Kidsfirst Shirley has donated a flax sculpture and plague to the kindy, in recognition of the family history and community value, the kindergarten has played in their lives and the wider community.