Cre­ative stu­dents

The Cobram Courier - - 2018: THE YEAR IN REVIEW -

Bendigo Bank Co­bram re­cently put out a Christ­mas-themed colour­ing chal­lenge to dis­trict Year 2 pri­mary school stu­dents and the qual­ity of the en­tries even caught bank staff off-guard.

Stu­dents were asked to fill in the out­line of a Christ­mas stock­ing with colours of their choice.

‘‘We did the com­pe­ti­tion a few years ago be­fore I started work­ing here and I thought we should bring it back and start do­ing it ev­ery year,’’ Bendigo Bank cus­tomer re­la­tion­ship of­fi­cer Lizette Mezen­berg said.

‘‘I just went around to all the schools and who­ever wanted to par­tic­i­pate did. We prob­a­bly had close to 30 en­tries, which was great be­cause it means we can dis­play them on our wall and colour it up a bit un­til the new year.’’

Re­cently, four win­ners from sur­round­ing schools gath­ered at the bank and were told their en­tries had been suc­cess­ful, but Ms Mezen­berg said se­lect­ing the win­ners was no easy task.

‘‘It was re­ally hard to de­cide the win­ners be­cause I didn’t know Grade 2’s could colour in so well. They did an amaz­ing job.’’

The win­ners were Ly­lah Shan­non from St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, Poppy Good­win from Ba­rooga Pub­lic School, Alexis Young from Co­bram Pri­mary School and Simi Poo­nia from Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School.

On top of the good news, the win­ners were also re­ceived a gift bag with a range of Bendigo Bank items, in­clud­ing a lunch box, drink bot­tle, piggy coin jar, ruler, pens and pen­cils, fris­bee and an ac­tiv­ity book, so they could keep up their colour­ing skills.

Ms Mezen­berg said the com­pe­ti­tion had helped gen­er­ate some ex­tra Christ­mas buzz at the bank.

‘‘The kids love it as well be­cause there will be chil­dren that walk past with their par­ents and grand­par­ents and recog­nise their draw­ing. It brings a bit of ex­cite­ment to Christ­mas as well as I sup­pose.’’

Ly­lah Shan­non from St Joseph’s Pri­mary School

Poppy Good­win from Ba­rooga Pub­lic School

Simi Poo­nia from Co­bram Angli­can Gram­mar School

Alexis Young from Co­bram Pri­mary School

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