By: Vaimoana Tapaleao

Going to school is not always about being stuck inside a classroom all day.

Students at a number of schools in South Auckland are doing just the opposite; thanks to a charity that is helping kids learn more about the world outside of the classroom.

OKE Charity has built food gardens for several primary and intermediate schools in the area in the last few years.

Everything from cabbages and tomatoes to strawberries can be found in the raised garden beds and mini-greenhouses, which are all fully sustainable, built by the organisation.

OKE – the Māori word for oak tree – is one of 12 charities to get a $10,000 gift in Auckland Airport’s 12 Days of Christmas initiative.

The grant will go towards purchasing timber, tools and other materials needed to build a full garden for a school next year.

Among students already enjoying their garden are children at Bairds Mainfreight Primary School, in Otara, who have had it for almost two years.

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