Kids are in on the joke
Students collect one-line gags to raise funds for drought-hit farmers
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.