Funds boost for Marlborough youth

Springlands Kindergarten will get a new storage shed as a result of a Canterbury Community Trust grant. From left, Owen ...

Springlands Kindergarten will get a new storage shed as a result of a Canterbury Community Trust grant. From left, Owen Adamson, 4, head teacher Michael Clark, Dominic Stephens, 3, Elke Stafford, 4, Coco Sorell, 4.

An upgraded sandpit at Renwick Kindergarten and a values programme for primary school pupils are among projects that will receive Canterbury Community Trust support.

A total of $93,330 in funding was given out to nine Marlborough community organisations in the latest round of Canterbury Community Trust funding. 

The largest grant of $20,000 was allocated to the Marlborough Kindergarten Association.

Marlborough Kindergarten Association general manager Wendy Logan said the grant would allow staff to upgrade outdoor environments at some of the association's seven kindergartens

Money would go towards the redevelopment of a sandpit at Renwick Kindergarten, which was more than 20 years old.

A roof would be put over the sand pit to provide shade and allow for the sandpit to be used in wet weather.

Other projects that would be funded with the grant included an improved toilet area at Picton Kindergarten, playground developments at Seymour and Springlands kindergartens and the purchase of outdoor moveable equipment for Redwoodtown and Witherlea kindergartens. 

The association was "very appreciative" of the Canterbury Community Trust grant, Logan said.

"We couldn't do these projects without the assistance."

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Last year the Marlborough Kindergarten Association received $23,000 in funding from the trust. 

A life skills and values programme that is run on a weekly basis in five Marlborough primary schools will also benefit from the latest round of funding. 

More than 500 children are involved in the Foundation for Youth Development Marlborough's Kiwi Can programme each week. 

FYD Marlborough regional manager Kelvin Watt said the $15,000 grant from the Canterbury Community Trust would help the programme continue to run.

The organisation received a small amount of Ministry of Education funding, but was mostly reliant on different grants from the community, Watt said. 

The Pelorus Community Preschool received a grant of $5000.

Preschool office manager Leigh Higgins said the money would go towards a $25,000 playground redevelopment project. 

The project would help to modernise the playground, Higgins said. 

A sand pit would be removed and tiger turf put in. 

Other organisations that received Canterbury Community Trust funding in Marlborough were the OSCAR Network, Plunket, Girls' Brigade, the Marlborough Playcentre Association, the Scout Association of NZ and Wairau Youth and Family Trust.

 - The Marlborough Express


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