Plate gifts go out west

Isis Town and Country - - News -

BOOYAL State School might be small in num­ber, but what they lack in stu­dent size they cer­tainly make up in heart.

In the lead-up to Christ­mas the chil­dren worked on a spe­cial project, paint­ing beau­ti­ful plates which were de­liv­ered to many drought-stricken gra­ziers in the Mut­taburra and Lon­greach ar­eas of West­ern Queens­land.

There were more than 40 pieces, each pack­aged in a stan­dard pizza box.

It’s not ev­ery day that you walk into Pizza Hut ask­ing for “one pizza and 43 boxes”, but that’s ex­actly the cir­cum­stance that fronted the school.

The chil­dren felt very proud of them­selves at the time, and hoped the plates would bring a bit of ex­tra hap­pi­ness to the drought-af­fected, out­back gra­ziers.

Imag­ine the stu­dents’ re­ac­tion since re­turn­ing to school to find mes­sages wait­ing for them.

“It has been fab­u­lous for them to re­ceive so many lovely ‘thank you’ notes, cards, calls and pho­tos from fam­i­lies who re­ceived the thought­ful gifts,” prin­ci­pal Dawn Dolin­ski said.

That is just one as­pect of the ever-hap­pen­ing state school group 25km from Childers, who are also in the midst of grow­ing a gi­ant pump­kin for the Gin Gin Show (May 30–31).

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ALL HEART: Booyal State School stu­dents with the plates they painted for drought-stricken gra­ziers in West­ern Queens­land.

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