New sports equip­ment for school a grand idea

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JODIE DIXON

IT WAS a grand ges­ture from the Grand Ho­tel that sur­prised the stu­dents and staff of Childers State School last week when they re­ceived brand new sport­ing equip­ment.

The staff were thrilled when the Grand Ho­tel do­nated funds to buy new sports gear.

The beam­ing faces of the stu­dents when they first laid eyes on the bright white soc­cer goal were price­less.

All the stu­dents were ex­tremely ex­cited to have new gear to play with.

Deputy prin­ci­pal Paul Russo said he was thrilled with the do­na­tion, which would go to great use.

“Our school stu­dents are very sports-ori­en­tated and now on wet days we have new equip­ment for in­door sports,” Mr Russo said.

“We have many high achiev­ers in sport at the school and the new equip­ment will as­sist in train­ing,”

The school’s phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion teacher Kerri Wills said the new equip­ment was a pleas­ant sur­prise and the stu­dents were re­ally ex­cited.

“The new equip­ment will re­place a lot of the old and worn-out gear and equip­ment.”

Rep­re­sent­ing the Grand Ho­tel was man­ager Greg Brown. He was thanked by stu­dents and staff and handed a cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Mr Brown said he en­joyed sport as a child and schools al­ways needed sport­ing equip­ment.

“Ev­ery Fri­day af­ter­noon the ho­tel holds raf­fles and with the money raised we de­cided to do­nate funds to the school to pur­chase sport­ing goods,” he said.

“It’s about lo­cals sup­port­ing lo­cals, es­pe­cially the kids.

“It was great to see the brand new goals and all the sports equip­ment.

“I was mad about sport and the school has many ris­ing stars across many sports.”

School prin­ci­pal Robyn Philpot said the do­na­tion was a tremen­dous sur­prise.

“I want to thank the Grand Ho­tel own­ers Pam and Dennis Corliss, man­ager Greg Brown and all the lo­cals that pur­chase raf­fle tick­ets.

“It’s great to see lo­cals sup­port­ing fundrais­ers and the school is very grate­ful for the do­na­tion.”

The stu­dents thanked the com­mu­nity of Childers for sup­port­ing their school.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON BIT090516GRAND

GRAND GES­TURE: Zane Dono­van, Greg Brown, Robyn Philpot, Jaylee McMa­han and Ryan Hick­ling.

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