Schools have long relied on the support of communities to fund special items to ensure students have access to the latest in technology and educational experience.
In that spirit, Botany Town Centre is using its platform to help 10 local primary schools through its School Rewards campaign.
Till August 18, every $50 spent at the centre is a point towards a shopper’s chosen school. A total of $9,000 will be given to local schools for school supplies.
Libby Slaughter, deputy principal at Pakuranga Heights School, says she and the school will be spreading the message about the campaign through school assembly announcements, social media and school notices to encourage students’ families participate in the campaign and support their school.
“We are a fantastic, vibrant, urban city school with a diverse range of students, cultures and needs. Recently, our school lost a classroom to a fire and we have been busy working to replace the classroom and lost resources.
“Part of the rebuild has meant that we have lost precious field space, The Botany Fundraising project is a wonderful fundraising opportunity for our school to ensure our students are still able to play a range of sports and have space to play in most weather conditions by funds going towards a large shade sail,” she says.
“School Rewards would be one of our first big fundraising initiatives, which we hope will support us in improving facilities for our students.”
Riverhills School hopes to provide sun protection for its students. Principal Sarah Allen says, “We always strive for opportunities to generate additional funding so we can continue to provide excellent resources and learning opportunities for Riverhills students. Sun protection is an important goal that the school has prioritised.”
Kerrie Hughes, centre manager at Botany Town Centre, says, “We’re looking forward to being able to use our platform to support schools with their fundraising needs. The School Rewards campaign is about more than just raising money – it’s about connecting with our local schools, listening to and understanding their needs. It’s about coming together as a community to collaborate and pool resources.”
Customers will receive one token for every $50 they spend in the centre between August 5-18. After presenting their receipts to Customer Services, they can place their votes for their chosen school in the boxes provided for voting. Customers will then need to fill out an entry form to go in the draw to win a personal $1,000 shopping spree.
Participating schools are Baverstock Oaks School, Botany Downs Primary, East Tamaki Primary, Elm Park School, Mission Heights Primary, Pakuranga Heights School, Point View School, Riverhills School, Shelly Park School and Willowbank School.