Kids are in on the joke

Stu­dents col­lect one-line gags to raise funds for drought-hit farm­ers

Isis Town and Country - - News - By LEAH KIDD

BOOYAL Cen­tral State School stu­dents are call­ing on celebri­ties to share their best one-liner jokes to help drought-stricken Queens­land farm­ers.

While the school may be small in size it’s big in ideas and aims to cre­ate a DVD of celebri­ties telling a short joke to raise funds for farm­ing fam­i­lies.

School prin­ci­pal Dawn Dolin­ski said a list of celebri­ties in­clud­ing coun­try mu­sic star Peter De­nahy, Seven News and Sun­day Night jour­nal­ist Alex Cullen, Chan­nel 10 co-host Sarah Har­ris, and sports jour­nal­ist Jim Wil­son had al­ready jumped on board.

Ms Dolin­ski said the am­bi­tious 28 school stu­dents at Booyal last year com­pleted a Feel Good project where they de­signed and sent plates to farm­ers.

She said the stu­dents were now seek­ing sup­port for their lat­est ini­tia­tive which formed part of their work with the Academy of Young En­trepreneurs.

“It’s all about teach­ing the stu­dents busi­ness skills, the fo­cus is that the kids learn real life skills,” Ms Dolin­ski said.

She said most of the stu­dents’ class­room learn­ing would be done through the char­i­ta­ble DVD drive.

“When they’re in math, they’re learn­ing how to work out the price of DVDs,” she said.

“It’s pow­er­ful in that it’s mak­ing their learn­ing re­ally real life and rel­e­vant, rather than just out of a text­book.”

Ms Dolin­ski said the stu­dents didn’t even want to race out of the class­room for lunch any­more.

“You say ‘fin­ish now’ but they’re want­ing to do more and that just speaks vol­umes,” she said.

The prof­its from sales of the DVD will be do­nated to a Queens­land drought re­lief char­ity Ru­ral Cri­sis, which is ad­min­is­tered by the QCWA.

Prof­its from the project will specif­i­cally help gra­ziers in cen­tral west Queens­land.

Ms Dolin­ski an­tic­i­pated the DVD would re­tail for $10 to $15 and be avail­able from the mid­dle of next term from Face­book, eBay and com­mu­nity re­tail­ers.

Any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the fundraiser can con­tact Booyal State School on 4126 0177.


DRY HU­MOUR: Booyal State School stu­dents Rachel Paten, Mitchell, Paul Vella, Toby Ben­dell, Kees Paten, Doc, Clin­ton War­ren, Jes­sica War­ren, Mary Vella and Jay­den Hintz want your jokes.

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