Grass will be greener at St Pat’s

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS -

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.

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