Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - Jac­inta Can­ta­tore

Students at Har­vey Pri­mary School will be off to a bud­ding start this year thanks to a do­na­tion from the town’s hard­ware store.

The school has run the Earth Cage ini­tia­tive for sev­eral years to em­power students from kinder­garten to Year 6 to man­age the cage’s vegetable gar­dens and chick­ens.

In Novem­ber, Year 6 teacher and Earth Cage su­per­vi­sor El­iz­a­bet Sawyer ap­proached the school’s Par­ents and Cit­i­zens As­so­ci­a­tion re­quest­ing help for new equip­ment be­cause the old spades, shov­els and other tools were bro­ken or in need of re­pair.

“I took Mrs Sawyer’s re­quest on board and ap­proached Mick and Michelle Tricket at Har­vey Home Hard­ware to see if we could reach a part­ner­ship for re­place­ment,” as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jon Adams said.

He said he ap­proached the lo­cally-owned busi­ness to keep with the as­so­ci­a­tion’s push to find so­lu­tions within the com­mu­nity.

“The re­sponse I re­ceived was noth­ing short of out­stand­ing,” Mr Adams said.

“Mick jumped at the chance to help the school and do­nated about $200 which was 50 per cent of the re­quired tools, leav­ing the P&C to fund the rest.

“He ex­plained that not only does Har­vey Home Hard­ware sup­port local, Mick re­alises that these kids are the fu­ture, the fu­ture em­ploy­ees of busi­nesses like his and cus­tomers too.

“The kids were over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of Har­vey Home Hard­ware as well as mar­vel­ling at their brand new equip­ment, all with a 25-year war­ranty which means peace of mind for the school way into the fu­ture,” Mr Adams said.

Year 6 students with teacher El­iz­a­bet Sawyer, Har­vey Home Hard­ware co-owner Mick Tricket and Har­vey Pri­mary School Par­ents and Cit­i­zens as­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jon Adams with the new Earth Cage equip­ment.

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