A group of young girls from Bowser Elementary School recently learned what can be achieved through determination and friendship.
The Leadership/Friendship group explored the purpose of friendship, said teacher Roo Whetstone, what needs it fulfills and how the words and actions people take with others can shape their own world. They then took it a step further, looking to contribute to the community. The girls raised $357 by selling popcorn and popsicles and decided to give the money to the North Island Wildlife Recovery Centre, in its Adopt an Animal program.
“We wanted to do something with meaning,” said Grade 4 student Emma Dinning. “And work on being better friends and better leaders.”
Grade 5 student Madison Hagarty said she had lots of fun in the group, which was “really about getting along, trying to help animals and trying to help the community.”
The students took a trip to the Wildlife Centre on June 14, to take a tour of the facility and donate the money. In return they got to select a number of animals to “adopt” for a year. This includes a certificate and colour photograph of the chosen animals, along with their brief history. The public can also adopt animals at the centre for $25 a year.