Seeds of learning at kindy garden
Peas and potatoes could help Lees St Kindergarten pupils bag a $2500 prize in a nationwide environment competition.
The kindergarten is one of nine finalists, and the only one south of Canterbury, in the Mother Earth Reward competition, aimed at promoting healthy eating and wholesome food in the community.
Head teacher Wendy McLachlan said pupils were excited about being named as finalists, and had enjoyed getting dirty in the garden.
The garden contained peas, beans and onions and herbs such as pineapple sage and rosemary.
The kindergarten's bag-a-meal project, where children painted paper bags, filled them with homegrown produce and took them home to share with family, taught pupils a wide range of values, she said. "It's about learning to share and give things . . ."
The top three Mother Earth Reward schools and kindergartens will be announced on September 23, each winning $2500, with the most promising entry receiving $1500.
There is also a people's choice prize of $500 on offer, and Ms McLachlan encouraged Southlanders to vote for Lees St Kindergarten's project, at motherearth.co.nz/reward/peoples-choice, until September 22.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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