Pahiatua’s Holyoake Kindergarten children are not letting the generosity of their town go unnoticed. All year they have been giving back to the community that supports them.
Each week all the kindergarten children and helpers, walk to a selected business to present a gift as a special thank you: little hand-made kete, full of fresh baking and fruit.
Holyoake Kindergarten Head Teacher Iona Inglis says the idea was to give back to businesses that have supported the kindergarten in the past and thank them personally.
“Every week we plan where we are going. One of the teachers will then bake with the children,” Whaea Iona says.
“It’s actually helping tamariki understand that we don’t stand alone in the community. There are lots of people that do things for us.”
Making kete has also become a new tradition for Holyoake Kindergarten. Many children, like Brodie Shaw, pictured, left, and Ruby Frank, enjoy learning the harakeke weaving methods.
Whaea Iona says they have just started adding a waiata to the gift, performing to the recipients when handing over the kete. We were inspired to add a waiata after practising songs for an upcoming Matariki concert.
The Kindergarten has had positive feedback from businesses and the community. All of the flax has come from kindergarten whānau, too.
The “pay it forward” visits started at the beginning of the year, with nine organisations visited in the first term and five already by the middle of term two.