ONE letter, just over three years and about $300,000.
That's what it took to give the 301 students of Vatuwaqa Primary School new facilities that matched the spirit of its students.
The facilities, opened yesterday by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, only took shape after an innocent handwritten card from the school's Year One students found its way to him in 2010.
In the card was a request from the students for the new facilities and the government provided.
School headteacher Navitalai Taga said they had seen a difference in the children after they came back from the school break to a new playground and school hall.
"The mood of the children has changed since they came in at the beginning of the year and this is thanks to the facilities that we have got."
Mr Taga explained that in the past students had to be taken all the way to Albert Park and to other grounds along Fletcher Rd for physical education classes.