Bubbler becomes play space reality
Late last year a water bubbler became the focus of persuasive letter writing by a group of Clyde Fenton Primary School students.
The Katherine-based Grade 1/2 schoolchildren wrote to town mayor Fay Miller, lobbying for the installation of the drinking fountain at the Katherine Town Adventure Playground.
About fifty handwritten letters were presented to the mayor as a book. To further publicise their cause, five students read their letters to an open council forum of more than 100 townspeople on 22 October.
Principal Jeff Parker said: "What a great experience for these kids! They not only learnt to write persuasive texts, but they’ve seen how their writing can work for change in the Katherine community."
Now the refrigerated water dispenser has been fitted in the playground, much to the delight of the indefatigable petitioners.
Student Aaron Cabanela said: "My dad was proud because I persuaded the mayor and the councillors to put a bubbler in the Katherine Adventure Playground."
Kane Barlow added: "I felt happy when I drank from the bubbler because my letter made it happen."
Silas Wadey, who now believes in his power to influence events, commented: "I felt amazing that I wrote a letter and now we have a bubbler!"