Awards down South

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In December 2014 Awhitu District School proudly received their second consecutive Trees for Survival Kowhai Award 2015. Jane Wilson took on the role of Trees for Survival teacher in May 2014 and led her class to maintain excellent standards, with assistance from Landcare Awhitu volunteer Anna McNaughton and Auckland Council Field Officer Rata Gordon. The work continues in 2015 under Jodi Hermond.

Trees for Survival Field Officer Dianne Patterson, Landcare Volunteer Anna McNaughton, students Logan Martin and Anna Williams, Teacher Jane Wilson

Support Organisation representative, Waiuku Rotary’s Don Wills, who has helped deliver potting mix to about eight Franklin schools

One of Trees for Survival National Manager Roger Milne’s first school visits was to award Principal Judy Brown and the diligent Eco Warriors of Mellons Bay Primary School the Kowhai Award for their 2nd consecutive year. At their festive end of year assembly, Ian Rodgers represented the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay and Field Officer Dianne Patterson also attended. Year 6 pupils Ryan Gass and Conner Mcleay and Year 4 pupil Lucy Blythe were commended by Trees for Survival teacher Judy Costello for their excellence in dedication to the programme.

National Manager Roger Milne presents the award

A proud occasion for all concerned

Conner Mcleay, Teacher Judy Costello, Lucy Blythe and Ryan Gass

Rotarian Ian Rodgers inspects the plant growing unit with Roger Milne and Judy Costello

Takinini School recently received their Kowhai Award for 2015 in a school assembly. The Trees for Survival programme runs very successfully at the school which receives great support from a powerful team at the Rotary Club of Drury.

David Singh, former Trees for Survival teacher, and Takanini students with their award.

Bill Keugler and Alf Williams from Rotary Drury with Sylvie Wilkinson and John Rennie

Bill Keugler liaises with fellow Rotarians helping to organise transport, arrange volunteers to work alongside the children on planting day, check on seedlings over the holidays, trim the shady tree back from the plant growing unit, fix the plumbing, tie up loose hosing – all the behind-the-scenes tasks that mean the teacher can focus on children learning about the importance of planting native trees, and how to grow them.

Drury Rotarians also attend potting-on sessions; plenty of adults supervising and handing on useful tips help young fingers learn good horticultural techniques. The children work hard and the luscious growth of their seedlings is testament to their good care.

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