Grass will be greener at St Pat’s
THE Tongala Lions and Lady Lions Clubs have helped another school fund two key projects thanks to a combined donation of $2500.
The $2000 donation from the Lions Club will go toward the school’s major fundraising effort to resurface the asphalt tennis court with synthetic grass.
The area is used daily by students during recess and lunch times as well as for the students’ weekly Bluearth sessions.
St Patrick’s principal Katrina Johnson said the current surface of asphalt is particularly unforgiving on little knees and elbows when children invariably fall over during their physical activity sessions.
The new turf will be a multisport synthetic grass that will transform this tired area into an all-weather, multi-sport playground, ideally encouraging students to be more active and to play sports.
An additional $500 from the Lady Lions will assist the school in providing student breakfasts and care meals for families.
St Patrick’s has always had a breakfast club funded by the school but in the past few years has moved towards providing breakfasts and snacks for students daily according to need.
The school chaplain spends time during the week with children, preparing and cooking care meals that are stored to distribute to families who may be experiencing difficult times.
Ms Johnson said the care meals are a way of teaching the children the basics of cooking while helping the school support families who are facing hardship in a discreet and practical way.
“At St Patrick’s we are intentionally focused on the creation of a school environment that is both functional and engaging and also works towards meeting the wellbeing needs of our families,” Ms Johnson said. “We’re grateful for the support and hope that these donations, from the Lions Club and the Lady Lions, allow us to serve our school community.”
St Patrick’s Tongala principal Katrina Johnson, Lady Lion Lorna McConnell and Tongala Lions Club president Murray Ross.
Tania Russ and Tanya Henderson were helping out on Daffodil Day.