Three Coromandel and Thames schools have won a Powerco competition to grow native trees and replant them in their own communities.
Powerco is partnering with the Trees for Survival programme to provide schools with the resources to grow and plant the trees to help control erosion.
The company will cover the expenses of the plant growing units and annual running costs for three years, while Trees for Survival offers the schools expert advice and on-going support.
The winning schools are:
• Parawai School
• Coromandel Area School
• St Francis School
Powerco Corporate Affairs Manager Neil Holdom said Powerco - a company committed to caring for the environment - was excited to be working with the schools on such a worthwhile project.
“We had 132 entries for this competition – a fantastic result. We look forward to working with the winning schools and to help teach the children about important environmental issues.”
St Francis School teacher Shelley Johnson, whose class entered the competition, was thrilled with her school’s win.
“It’s such a boost for the school. We have a propagating unit at school, but it’s very expensive to run. To have all the costs met is fantastic. The competition was great, because it involved the children and empowered them to help their school,” Mrs Johnson said.
The winners were chosen following an online competition, which was open to schools in the Coromandel and Thames area that were registered Enviro-schools.
Students of the participating schools were asked to answer three questions about Powerco’s Sparky video, which shows children how to be safe around electricity networks. The Sparky video is part of Powerco’s public safety campaign Powercare, which targets groups most at risk including farmers, horticulturists, contractors, children and their parents.
A student from each winning school, who answered the competition questions correctly, is to receive a tablet device of their own.