Top ef­fort for air-con

Bud­dina stu­dents use spare change to raise thou­sands

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS - Jor­gia White jor­gia.white@sc­

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.

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