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Kids involve themselves in fund raising for the community

April 5th, 2010
By Kate Markham

Jordan Markham, Kristy Ahearn, Ryan Lomas and Kelsey Barrett from Parklands School are fund raising for a trip to Kids Congress in May by selling pinecones.

KidsCongress is a unique award-winning technology and learning conference for 9-12 year olds. Open to all primary schools in New Zealand, it's fast becoming a regular must-do event in the school calendar. The two-day conference challenges the digital generation and their teachers to take part in fun, problem-solving workshops using cool software and technology. What's unique about this event is that it's run by kids for kids.

Each event's 'host' school picks a class of Year 5 and 6 students to take on the enormous task of organising and managing the event, from venue hire to website development, information and marketing, database management, equipment provision, budgeting and catering. The kids committee get a real buzz from doing this valuable and rewarding real-life work experience.

The 2010 ICT Kids Conference Workshops include film-making, bringing your comic characters to life in 3D, a treasure hunt, building robots and much much more. The pinecones are $5 a bag. They can be ordered through Parklands School (528 8978) or Kate (528 0440). They need to raise $1000 to cover the cost of attending.

Helping SPCA to care for kittens

As part of their philosophy of "Cubs help others", the Riwaka cub group recently gathered donations of cat food and blankets and took them to the Motueka SPCA.

Suzy Krammer from the SPCA gave the cubs a tour of the facilities and discussed how they care for all the dumped and unwanted cats and kittens at the SPCA. The cubs enjoyed being able to play with the kittens and learnt about how much effort it takes to care for the cats and kittens.

The SPCA have been full during the kitten season as well as many being fostered out to local families. The cats and kittens can be viewed on their new website www.motuekaspca.org.nz. Kittens cost $120 each which covers the cost of desexing and vaccination, which is cheaper than getting a free kitten and getting it desexed - as well as having the satisfaction of knowing you have given a needy kitten a loving home.




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