Home baking for hard workers

TINA LAW
Last updated 15:58 19/11/2012
Grant McNicholl
Kirk Hargreaves

FANTASTIC: Grant McNicholl is taken aback by the generosity of the Mt Pleasant pupils, including Meera Patel, 12.

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Seeing men and women working day and night repairing Christchurch's damaged infrastructure spurred a city school to get into the kitchen to say thanks.

Year 8 pupils in room 11 at Mt Pleasant School spent the weekend baking sweet treats for the workers at Traffic Management NZ as a way to give something back.

They took their baking to the company's Bromley depot today.

Traffic Management NZ is responsible for making sure people are safe when passing through road works.

The company puts together traffic management plans and arranges some of the thousands of road cones alerting people to road works on Christchurch's streets.

It is involved in road works on streets including Moorhouse Ave, Fitzgerald Ave and Madras St.

Mt Pleasant School teacher Ben Ingledew said the class wanted to make a difference around Christchurch and give something back by showing their appreciation of the work being done.

Pupil Meera Patel, 12, had the idea of thanking the road workers.

''They've been working really hard,'' she said today.

She baked some chocolate brownies for the company's 13 staff.

''It feels really good to help people. It's just something little,'' she said.

Traffic Management NZ Christchurch branch manager Ted Pearce said he and his staff appreciated the school's gesture especially since many of their staff had consistently been working 12 to 13-hour days.

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