The 2019 class of Ruawai year five students will be able to experience a marine reserve thanks to a student-led fundraising initiative that raised $1,206.
Ruawai Primary School students Miah Fraser, 10, and Koaria Bristow, 9, presented a cheque to Experiencing Marine Reserves coordinator Isabel Krauss last week at a special school assembly.
The students were motivated to fundraise for the next year level after visiting a Goat Island on a school trip fundraised for by their older sisters, who now attend Ruawai College.
“We went to Goat Island and snorkelled there. We thought it was really fun, so we wanted the class below us to have the same chance to go,” said Miah.
The students organised cake stalls, sausage sizzles, catering and collected some individual donations as well.
“We should have more marine reserves, so there are more fish for them to breed with,” said Koaria.
EMR coordinator, Isabel Krauss, said the students’ efforts showed the commitment, which the school has to the organisation. “I hope this programme encourages you to dig a little deeper and that it gets you excited about marine conservation,” said Isabel to the room full of students.
EMR is a national programme of experiential learning about marine conservation, and the trip was part of the EMR curriculum.
The funds raised will go towards the next year level’s trip to Goat Island as well as new snorkelling gear and may even help another Northland school secure funding for the EMR programme.