Principal Gaylyn Lockington said the day was about teaching students to think of others.
“Our community has always been there for us over the years, therefore this programme is about teaching our students to think for others and of the community as a whole.
“It is our turn to show our community that we appreciate all that they have given and done for us, to respect what life has to offer and to give back in return without payment”.
Five groups of students visited Te Ipukarea Society, SPCA, Te Are Pa Metua, Titikaveka ECE and the general Titkaveka area and beach.
The group collecting rubbish started on the main road outside the school and went all the way down to Fruits of Rarotonga in Tikioki and back. Lockington said education wasn’t confined to the classroom.
“We are teaching our children to value and appreciate what we have and to do whatever possible to have a ‘sustainable environment and community’ for future generations to enjoy as we do.
“Yes, our children are not supposed to be picking up other people’s rubbish, but if the young children of today don’t see this as a problem, how will they learn that littering is not good?”.
The students enjoyed the day so much Lockington said, that the school is considering organising another service day for later in the year.