KidsCan scheme a boost for school

KATASHA M CCULLOUGH
Last updated 05:00 18/07/2013
Beach Haven Primary School students
Katasha McCullough

DONATED FEAST: Beach Haven Primary School students with newly delivered supplies from KidsCan.

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A stash of yoghurt, peanut butter, scroggin and other goodies can be found at Beach Haven Primary School - thanks to KidsCan.

It is the first North Shore school to be accepted into the Food for Kids programme.

Principal Stephanie Thompson says they are deciding on the best way to use the first shipment of food.

It will likely be taken on school trips and some supplies will be kept in classrooms.

"If someone hasn't got quite enough you can give them a little bit extra.

"And there's no judgment with that, it's for any child," she says.

New sponsor Meridian Energy meant KidsCan could take 62 schools off its waiting list.

Marketing and fundraising general manager Jan Clark says Beach Haven Primary was very excited to be accepted.

"Some students regularly come to school with limited or no lunch, or a lunch of poor quality nutrition."

Ms Thompson says being a mid-decile school is tricky because the surrounding community is really diverse.

"We're always looking at ways to support students and the community.

"We've got parents on the socio-economic spectrum all across the board."

Next year Beach Haven Primary students will receive raincoats from KidsCan.

Ms Thompson says it is a shame the help is not available to everybody. Schools with a decile rating of 1 to 4 can apply to be part of KidsCan programmes.

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