Combined project to help homeless
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.