Last weekend’s Connect4Good saw a group of 8-13 year olds engaged in a meaningful planting project, as well as learning about the many abilities of the children who attend Wairoa School for students with intellectual and multiple disabilities. Assistant Principal Jenny Carroll spoke to our kids about her students, giving them a deeper understanding of the way kids with disability learn and showing us their amazing and varied abilities. Jenny’s animated talk really captured the kids as they saw wonderful works of art and watched moving videos of the children communicating their thoughts and feelings via iPads.

This was followed by a gardening activity run by environmental educator Nicole Lewis, who generously shared her enthusiasm and knowledge. Connect4Good kids enjoyed clearing a veggie garden and replanted new edible plants. The kids at Wairoa will continue to maintain their garden which will help enormously with their learning. Thanks Connect4Good volunteers for recreating a new veggie garden!! The kids then planted their own mini pot plants to take home and wrote words on their pot reminding them what they had learned about disability. Thanks to Jenny and Nicole for sharing your expertise to make this program so meaningful. Kids, don’t forget to take care of your pot plants

Mum, Melissa says: This was such a great opportunity for my 2 children. The kids now know how difficult life can be for some kids. Thank you Kids Giving Back.”

Keep an eye on our Facebook and website for next year’s Connect4Good dates – coming soon!