HEBEL EN­JOYS CITY AID

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SCHOOL stu­dents from Bris­bane have done their bit to help out strug­gling ru­ral stu­dents, with Hebel State School reap­ing the ben­e­fits.

For­mer prin­ci­pal of the small school, Meaghan Rodgers, is now based at Jin­dalee State School.

She teamed up with sur­round­ing schools to raise funds to help out their coun­try coun­ter­parts.

Hebel prin­ci­pal Cath Car­goni said all the money that had been do­nated to her school would go to­wards re­sources for the eight stu­dents en­rolled next year.

“They have do­nated $1040 to us,” she said.

“The kids here think it’s just so great, they’re re­ally thank­ful some­one is help­ing their ed­u­ca­tion; sta­tionery and book packs can re­ally add up.”

Ms Cargnoni said it was a great in­cen­tive, al­low­ing chil­dren to con­nect from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and recog­nis­ing the needs of oth­ers.

“It was be­cause of Meaghan hav­ing been out here that this all came about,” Ms Car­goni said.

“Bris­bane stu­dents wouldn’t have any idea where Hebel was, or that it would be a town big enough to have a school, and a school with only seven or eight stu­dents at that.”

Ms Cargnoni said it re­ally demon­strated a level of mate­ship and un­der­stand­ing that the stu­dents should be proud of.

“These chil­dren live out on these prop­er­ties and the pro­duce that their fam­i­lies cre­ate are go­ing to­wards the cities,” she said.

“Things like wool, cot­ton, food – we all need those es­sen­tials.

“We need those fam­i­lies here, do­ing these jobs and liv­ing in these harsh con­di­tions, and it means their chil­dren have to be here as well.”

Ms Cargnoni said the Hebel school stu­dents would do some­thing to show their grat­i­tude.

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JUMP FOR JOY: School stu­dents from Hebel will reap the ben­e­fit of kind aid from Bris­bane schools.

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