Funds help students take part
A local emergency relief centre has handed out $10,000 across 20 primary schools in the Rockingham area, to help students in need take part in activities such as sports lessons, excursions and school camps.
Coastal District Care gave $500 through their Back to School Programme to each school, to help the students and also gave each child a library bag with a drink bottle, lunch box, pens and pencils inside.
This is the fourth year the group has been able to assist the students and their parents but Coastal District Care chairwoman Jill Harris said each year there was an increased number of those needing the assistance.
“This program has expanded a lot since when I first started it. This year we decided to go through the school chaplains and so had some extra help,” she said.
“I have definitely seen a greater demand for the help as the years have gone on, so it is so important, now more than ever, to provide this funding.”
Ms Harris said the program would not be possible without the help from sponsors Alcoa Kwinana, City of Rockingham and P&N Bank, who together provided $8500 of the total funding.
Warnbro Primary School chaplain Michelle Wilson said 10 students from the school had benefited by getting to attend swimming lessons.
Bungaree Primary School chaplain Kim Baggaley said 10 BPS students had also benefited, this time through being able to attend dance lessons.
“The kids benefit greatly from being able to do the same things as everyone else. There can naturally be some behaviour problems which occur if they can’t, they feel like they missed out on something special or are being punished,” she said.
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