Pyjamas worn for farmers
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.