Giv­ing back is re­ward­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

THE mes­sage of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity ex­tends be­yond the lo­cal for those at St Joseph’s Pri­mary School.

The Com­mu­nity Min­istry has taken on a sis­ter school in Pa­pua New Guinea af­ter lo­cal man Neil Baker be­gan teach­ing stu­dents about the re­gion.

Com­mu­nity min­istry leader and St Joseph’s Pri­mary School teacher Jaz Slack came up with the idea af­ter Mr Baker’s visit.

“We laid a con­nec­tion with a Pa­pua New Guinea school at one of the mis­sions there and that was done through Neil Baker, we would like to keep that con­nec­tion strong,” Mrs Slack said.

“We are try­ing to raise money to send sta­tion­ary packs over to Pa­pua New Guinea, there are a lot of stu­dents at that school so we are start­ing with the year 3 stu­dents first.

“There are 40 stu­dents in that class and we are buy­ing them pen­cil cases, rub­bers, pen­cils and all the ne­ces­si­ties in their sta­tion­ary packs.”

Stu­dents from Mrs Slack’s Year 5 and 6 class are chip­ping in to help with the wor­thy cause af­ter Mr Baker ed­u­cated them on the im­pact they could have.

“The kids are ex­tremely happy to help with it all,” Mrs Slack said.

“They are al­ways want­ing to do more and they feel re­ally good about get­ting to help other kids.

“We are hav­ing photos sent to us from over there so see what it’s like.

“Be­cause of the car­ing and nur­tur­ing we fo­cus on at our school we try to help the less for­tu­nate.”

The group has or­gan­ised a num­ber of fund-rais­ers each term while try­ing to come up with some­thing new each time.

“We are do­ing a cake stall for this, we did an icy cup at school and have done Fa­ther’s Day and Mother’s Day stalls too,” Mrs Slack said.

“Ev­ery­thing from this cake stall has been do­nated to us so what­ever we raise goes right back into the pro­gram.”

If you would like to do­nate or of­fer to help with the fund-rais­ing you can con­tact St Joseph’s Pri­mary on 4161 1889.

GIV­ING BACK: Jaz Slack with Bri­die Wor­land, Ge­or­gia Slack, James Parr and Jes­sica O'Brien.

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