Slippers help students learn

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Students at Tahuna School won’t even notice these cold mornings anymore, not with their new woollen slippers on.

Principal Barbara Bowen was the brains behind the project, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Tahuna Women’s Institutes’ seasoned knitters.

“Modern shoes are often not that waterproof so they come [to school] and they’ve got wet socks, and kids with cold feet can’t learn,” says Barbara.

So she talked to her mum, Solveig Sheed, who is a member of the women’s institute, who in turn asked the president of the group, Colleen Humphreys, if they could undertake the project.

It’s taken the Tahuna Women’s Institute around two months to knit 130 pairs of slippers for the students but they’re still only halfway. After distributing the first batch last Wednesday, the ladies of the institute will be getting stuck into the last half which they hope to get done in the next few months.