Com­bined project to help home­less

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS -

AUSTRALIND Pri­mary School stu­dents learnt a new form of re­cy­cling plas­tics and put the tra­di­tional skills of cro­chet to new use, af­ter a visit from South West Com­mu­nity Care clients.

Ear­lier this year, com­mu­nity care clients be­gan cro­chet­ing wa­ter­proof sleep­ing mats for the home­less as part of its reg­u­lar Com­mu­nity Giv­ing pro­gram.

Af­ter the school was ap­proached to help col­lect plas­tic bags for the group, teacher Jodie Wal­ton vis­ited the group and de­cided to bring the project back to her Year 5 and 6 stu­dents.

On Au­gust 23, the Com­mu­nity Giv­ing group vis­ited the school to find the stu­dents had de­vel­oped their own weav­ing tech­niques for the plas­tic bags.

Ms Wal­ton said the stu­dents thor­oughly en­joyed the visit from the group and were proud to show off their weav­ing work.

“We thor­oughly en­joyed it and would love to have them visit us again,” she said.

South West Com­mu­nity Care chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Claire Roach said there were ben­e­fits for clients and the stu­dents with the visit build­ing strong in­ter­gen­er­a­tional and com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships.

Ms Wal­ton said it was great to have the stu­dents work on a project that would ben­e­fit some­one else and have the in­ter­ac­tion with the se­niors.

She said the stu­dents were now half­way through their mats and were still look­ing at how to dis­trib­ute them once fin­ished.

“We’re hop­ing to have them fin­ished in the next cou­ple of weeks,” she said.

Glo­ria Bren­ton with stu­dents Indigo Carter, Year 6, Ruby-Anne Stokes, Year 5, Esha Prime, Year 5, Nami­rah Sudirman, Year 6, and Ry­dell Tred­gett, Year 6.

Stephanie Stood­ley with Year 5 stu­dents Mekenzi Ho­gan and Kimi Roberts.

Daisy Theak­stone with stu­dents Jake Headley, Year 6, and Nathan Podger, Year 5.

Jean Hut­ton and Year 5 stu­dent Misty Jones.

Stu­dent Aaliyah Ellmers, Year 6, with He­len English.

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