Back to school packs on of­fer to help out in 2018

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS re­turn­ing to school in 2018 will have the chance to ap­ply for help with school shoes and back to school packs de­liv­ered by the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre.

For Proser­pine stu­dents, the back to school packs con­tain­ing sta­tionery and learn­ing equip­ment are aimed at help­ing the com­mu­nity get back on their feet in the wake of TC Deb­bie.

Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Re­becca Woods said a lo­cal char­ity or­gan­i­sa­tion had fronted money which would source the con­tents of the packs from the Fresh Fields Newsagency and Whit­sun­day Sta­tion­ary Sup­plies.

“This was done to stim­u­late the Proser­pine econ­omy and sup­port lo­cal busi­nesses that have been suf­fer­ing as a re­sult of the cy­clone,” she said.

A to­tal of $6000 will be spent on the packs which will be avail­able af­ter com­plet­ing a form at the Can­non­vale Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre or the Proser­pine Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The cen­tre will then use their dis­cre­tion when al­lo­cat­ing back to school packs in 2018.

Also on of­fer for next year’s stu­dents are First Feet packs made pos­si­ble by the West­pac dis­as­ter re­cov­ery grant.

The grant, worth $10,000, is open to all schools in the Whitsundays.

It is a $50 voucher to spend at Shoe Biz or In­ter­sport and can be ap­plied for by drop­ping into the neigh­bour­hood cen­tre.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at the Whit­sun­day Neigh­bour­hood Cen­tre Re­becca Woods.

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