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Sunday, May 29, 2011

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Sunday, May 29, 2011




NORTH SHORE, New Zealand - Why would a Glamorgan Primary School student give up her Saturday morning to help paint another North Shore primary school?

According to 10-year-old Sophie, who joined another 200 volunteers to paint Windy Ridge Primary School on Saturday (21 May), she took part because "it's fun to paint" and she "enjoys helping others."

Sophie and her fellow volunteers took advantage of sunny weather to paint a classroom block and spruce up the school grounds at the Glenfield School.

"This project was a great plus for our community," Windy Ridge Primary School principal Brenda McPherson said."
The budget constraints are a major concern and the maintenance work done today will save the school approximately $5,000. Those funds will now be used for the students."
Volunteers came from the local school area and the North Shore Mormon community.
Sandra, an Albany Latter-day Saint, said that a lot gets accomplished when there is collaboration between community groups.
Member of Parliament for Northcote, the Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman, dropped in to offer his thanks and encouragement to the volunteers.

Other elected officials from the area, Grant and John Gillon, also visited to lend their support. John Gillon blogged about the community service day here.

Ms McPherson and others from the school community provided a sausage sizzle and other refreshments during the morning.

This was the third attempt for organisers to complete the project. Rain postponed two previously scheduled events.

"Mormon Helping Hands is a worldwide and a local effort organised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints," said Stephen Dil, a spokesperson for the Church. "We join in with other faiths and organizations to do good in the community."

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