Top effort for air-con
Buddina students use spare change to raise thousands
WHAT the Parents and Citizens Committee of Buddina State School thought would be a helpful fundraising activity has turned into an important initiative for the school.
After spending years campaigning to get their school air-conditioning, their spare change initiative has been extremely successful helping them to raise more than $4,000 to keep their kids cool.
Secretary of P&C Laura Murphy said the idea came after hearing about the success another Coast school had running the campaign.
“We’ve had so many fundraisers this year to cool our classrooms,” she said.
“But this had by far been the most successful.”
Each week every class would collect all of their spare change and bring it in for banking and there were prizes for the class who raised the most.
“At the half way mark we asked the principal to dress up - the kids in the winning class requested he dress up as Elsa from Frozen - so that’s what he did,” she said.
She said its really taken the whole school community to raise those funds.
But its a very worthwhile cause.
“We recently started doing some research in it,” she said.
“In October 2015 we went to see a professor at USC – he told us a lot about the improvements and benefits for younger kids working in air-conditioning.
“So when we heard about the educational improvements we proposed it to the principal and he accepted it.”
As a mother of a child in prep, Ms Murphy said she doesn’t want her child to be disadvantaged.
PROUD: (front) Lincoln Murphy, Sienne Asquith, (back) Lucas Earp, Madeline Murphy and Maliah-Rain Asquith celebrating.