Smart idea puts all in the shade
Edendale pupils make umbrellas for their schoolMICHAEL SCHWER
Pupils at Edendale School in Eastern Southland will stay cool this summer thanks to some of their classmates' crafty business skills.
As part of a class exercise, pupils began by trying to find out what the school grounds were missing.
Teacher Jodie Whitson-Morris said a group of six girls came up with the idea of having umbrellas for their lunch tables because there was little shade at the school. Then they created some "awesome" designs for the type of umbrellas they wanted, she said.
"They worked together on this, being really specific with the design and they had to have reasons why they chose that."
Next, the girls had to think of how to get the umbrellas made.
The girls came up with the idea of getting people to donate them and, after some research, asked Mitre 10 for some help.
Mitre 10 Invercargill marketing manager Tom Olphert said the project was well thought out so it decided to donate the umbrellas and stands.
The school is in the process of applying for accreditation from the Cancer Society of New Zealand to become a SunSmart school.
A veranda was recently built and the umbrellas will help keep pupils in the shade over summer, Mrs Whitson-Morris said.
The SunSmart schools programme aims to reduce children's exposure to the sun and their risk of skin cancer.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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