Sunday, National, General News, 16 Jun 2019

In her job as research and evaluation manager for the Graeme Dingle Foundation, Julie Moore reads plenty of valuable feedback from principals and teachers about the programmes the foundation runs in schools around the country. But the day she read a note signed ‘from the girl with the ponytail, the brown eyes and the big smile’, she knew she’d received something very special. The girl attends a primary school in the Waikato that runs Kiwi Can – the foundation’s values and life skills programme that encourages children to develop confidence and self-belief. She explained how at her previous school she was picked on and bullied a lot, and wasn’t at all happy. Then she changed schools and found it completely different. “I feel that people care and it’s all down to Kiwi Can being in the school, so I just want to thank you guys,” she wrote.

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