Aka Aka School’s year 7 and 8 students have been helping make a difference in the community recently.
Earlier this year, the students signed up for the Student Volunteer Army through School Kit. The aim of the programme is to task students with volunteer projects in their local community.
The Aka Aka students have been involved in riparian planting at the Muir’s Farm over the last four years, and they selected this work for their volunteer project.
“We were fortunate enough to successfully apply for a grant to support the work,” said Principal, Whaea Michaelene Nu’u.
Earlier in November, the students were able to complete their planting.
“As the wetlands planting is now well established, we turned our focus towards replanting the area between an existing forest and the river, to further increase biodiversity in the area. The children planted flax and cabbage trees this time around, but we’ll be back to do more planting in autumn next year,” said Whaea Michaelene.
“As a school we believe in providing opportunities for students to make connections with the local environment, and thinking about ways we can contribute to sustaining that. We got the whole school to help us out with the planting and we can’t wait to see the results in a few years.”