Cross gen­er­a­tional ben­e­fits from Al­coa/EdCon­nect part­ner­ship

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School chil­dren in the Rock­ing­ham area will re­ceive ad­di­tional sup­port to suc­cess­fully nav­i­gate emo­tional, so­cial and aca­demic is­sues thanks to a US$180,000 part­ner­ship be­tween EdCon­nect Aus­tralia and the Al­coa Foun­da­tion.

Al­coa has agreed to con­tinue sup­port­ing de­liv­ery of EdCon­nect’s ‘Con­nect­ing Gen­er­a­tions for School Suc­cess’ pro­gram in the Rock­ing­ham, Peel and South West ar­eas for the next three years af­ter first part­ner­ing with the or­gan­i­sa­tion in 2016.

The part­ner­ship aims to match vol­un­teers with up to 800 stu­dents at risk of not achiev­ing their ed­u­ca­tional po­ten­tial in at least 15 schools each year.

EdCon­nect Aus­tralia CEO Gerri Clay said the part­ner­ship would con­nect about 100 vol­un­teers with the schools, where they would as­sist teach­ers and pro­vide oneon-one stu­dent sup­port. Ms Clay said lo­cal stu­dents would re­ceive aca­demic and so­cial sup­port while older gen­er­a­tions would get an op­por­tu­nity to stay ac­tive and con­nected with their com­mu­ni­ties. “We are pleased to be as­so­ci­ated with the Al­coa Foun­da­tion and are look­ing for­ward to pro­vid­ing con­tin­ued sup­port in the Rock­ing­ham and Peel re­gions,” she said.

Al­coa of Aus­tralia Chair­man and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Michael Parker said the com­pany was proud to sup­port a pro­gram with cross gen­er­a­tional ben­e­fits. “Sup­port­ing our young peo­ple to reach their po­ten­tial is vi­tal but so too is sup­port­ing other mem­bers of our com­mu­nity,” Mr Parker said. “EdCon­nect’s pro­grams as­sist both stu­dents and older vol­un­teers, who have so much to of­fer.”

Noreen Coombes has been an EdCon­nect Vol­un­teer at Bun­ga­ree Pri­mary School for more than 15 years. “I en­joy spend­ing time with my mentees and notic­ing the plea­sure they find in spend­ing time with us.” Noreen said.

EdCon­nect vol­un­teers gather in the staff room of Rock­ing­ham’s Bun­ga­ree Pri­mary School (above.) Al­coa Foun­da­tion’s new part­ner­ship with EdCon­nect will en­able vol­un­teers to pro­vide aca­demic and so­cial sup­port for Rock­ing­ham and Peel school stu­dents for an­other three years.

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