Service day chance for pupils to do good deeds

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Gore High School year 9 pupils went far and wide to help the community on Tuesday.
Deputy principal Mel Hamilton said it was the first year they had run the event, which they called the Gore High School Service Day.
Pupils travelled as far as Mataura and Riversdale to lend a helping hand.
“It was a really good day and we have received some great feedback from the community,” Mrs Hamilton said. Some of the tasks pupils were involved in were helping out at primary schools, setting up the Aroha Early Learning Centre’s art exhibition, cleaning up around the district and helping with the animals at the Gore and District SPCA.
“This was the first year of running the service day and was an opportunity for students to give back to those who give so much to the school and the community,” she said.
Overall she said there were about 100 pupils involved in helping out the community.
“Those picking up rubbish in Tulloch Park and in the main street of Mataura collected 70kg of rubbish.” The day helped teach pupils responsibility and showed the value of the groups in the community. “I hope they can take an awareness of the time and energy those give to make this community great.”  It would be good if pupils could look at how they had given back to see what they could achieve. Bupa Windsor Park Care Home diversional therapist Karen Bray said the visit from five Gore High School pupils was timely. “We had a good bunch of young people come in and help put up Christmas trees and decorations and help decorate our hallways,” Mrs Bray said. She said the project was good timing ahead of the Christmas decoration competition the home was having. “It is a great project for the school and hopefully all the other locations were every bit as successful as we were up here,” she said.