Opportunity for schools to join planting programme

Friday, August 16, 2013

Powerco is giving three schools in Coromandel and Thames the opportunity to grow native trees and replant them in their own communities.

The company is partnering with the Trees for Survival programme to provide schools with the resources to grow and plant the trees to help control erosion.

Powerco Group Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Manager Fiona Ewing said Powerco was committed to caring for the environment.

“This is a great way we can contribute to local communities and to teach children about important environmental issues. We’re looking forward to working with the schools on this exciting project.”

Powerco 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.

An online competition will be run over August/September and three schools drawn to take part in the programme. The competition is open to schools in the Coromandel and Thames area that are registered Enviro-schools.

To enter, students of the participating schools will be asked to answer three questions about Powerco’s Sparky video, which shows children how to be safe around electricity networks.

Mrs Ewing said the Sparky video was part of Powerco’s public safety campaign Powercare, which targets groups most at risk including farmers, horticulturists, contractors, children and their parents.

“We place the highest priority on minimising the safety risks our networks pose to the public. Sparky is a fun way of getting our safety messages out to children, and we encourage all youngsters to view the short clip.”

The students with the winning entries will win a tablet device of their very own, as well as giving their school the unique opportunity of caring for their local natural environment.


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