HU­MAN TOUCH

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - PA­TRICK GEE

KIND­NESS and com­pas­sion are traits held in high re­gard in our so­ci­ety, and 12-yearold Is­abella Cooper has re­ceived an award for demon­strat­ing both.

The Glenora District School stu­dent was one of 33 Tas­ma­nian stu­dents from 22 schools to re­ceive the Fred Hol­lows Hu­man­ity Award for their hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit.

The award was pre­sented by the sec­re­tary for the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Jenny Gale, at Par­lia­ment House in Ho­bart last month.

Glenora District School vice-prin­ci­pal Laura Hansen nom­i­nated Is­abella for the award.

“Is­abella demon­strates ma­tu­rity be­yond her years as a young learner and is al­ways reach­ing out to sup­port oth­ers,” Ms Hansen said.

Is­abella said she was thrilled but sur­prised to find out she had been nom­i­nated for the award and it made her feel good.

“Some­times peo­ple are strug­gling with things we don’t know about, so just be­ing there and ask­ing is im­por­tant,” she said.

“If some­one needs help I just help them, not for my­self, I just do it.”

Is­abella is on the stu­dent rep­re­sen­ta­tive coun­cil and has been a leader in im­ple­ment­ing the school’s “buddy” seat.

“It’s for kids that, if they need to talk to some­one, or they don’t have any­one to play with,” she said.

“If kids are feel­ing sad or lonely or they need some­one to talk to, they can just sit on the bench and then one of us comes up and has a lit­tle chat to them.”

“Fred would have been in­cred­i­bly proud of the con­tri­bu­tion these stu­dents are mak­ing to so­ci­ety,” Fred Hol­lows Foun­da­tion found­ing di­rec­tor Gabi Hol­lows said.

Premier Will Hodg­man said the award cel­e­brated the hu­man­i­tar­ian spirit of young Tas­ma­ni­ans who qui­etly go about their lives show­ing care, com­pas­sion and sup­port for those around them.

“They are hu­man traits of­ten over­looked but just as im­por­tant as other achieve­ments,” Mr Hodg­man said.

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