Py­ja­mas worn for farm­ers

Shepparton News - Country News - - WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE -

It was a comfy day for Gra­ham­vale Pri­mary School staff and stu­dents on Fri­day as they cel­e­brated Py­ja­mas for the Farm­ers.

In­spired to sup­port those af­fected by drought, prin­ci­pal Si­mone Hig­gins came across the fundrais­ing idea on Wed­nes­day while work­ing at the school’s morn­ing drop-off.

‘‘I saw one of our stu­dents’ sib­lings sit­ting in the car in their py­ja­mas head­ing off to kin­der, when the idea struck,’’ Ms Hig­gins said.

‘‘We’ve heard a lot about Par­mas for the Farm­ers, but what about py­ja­mas?’’

Mrs Hig­gins de­cided ‘‘let’s not think about this, let’s just do it’’ and the school planned the event for two days later.

Teach­ers made cow and pig-shaped money boxes to col­lect all do­na­tions on the day.

Although the school asked only for a gold coin do­na­tion, Mrs Hig­gins was over­whelmed by the gen­eros­ity of fam­i­lies.

‘‘The spirit was amaz­ing with some stu­dents even bring­ing in their pocket money and par­ents match­ing the amount,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s been re­ally touch­ing and we are truly hum­bled by the gen­eros­ity.’’

The school has de­cided to let the stu­dents choose how they would like to do­nate the funds in sup­port of farm­ers once a to­tal is counted. Keep­ing cold at bay . . . Alexan­dra Reid, 11 and Jayson Bolitho, 12, wore one­sies for the dress-up day. Si­enna Mathews, 5, Me­hervan Singh, 6, Jakob McInnes, 6, and Quinn Camp­bell, 5, en­joyed wear­ing their py­ja­mas at school. Re­laxed . . . Lyn Rogers and her Years 3/4 class en­joyed a re­laxed morn­ing of read­ing in their class­room.

Getting in on the act . . . Gra­ham­vale Pri­mary School prin­ci­pal Si­mone Hig­gins and Foun­da­tion teacher Jenni Lloga were over­whelmed with the sup­port shown by fam­i­lies for drought re­lief.

Com­mon theme . . . Luxe Atkin­son, 5, Zara Sherif, 5, and Leen Al Khazraji, 5, were uni­corns for the Py­ja­mas for the Farm­ers dress-up day.

Cosy ... Lewis Rachele, 10 and Ge­orgie Giustino, 10 were rugged up on Fri­day for Py­ja­mas for the Farm­ers.

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