Ten Tatura Primary School students experienced a day into the future on Friday, visiting four local businesses throughout the Goulburn Valley as part of The Lions Club of Tatura’s Opportunity Plus program.
Students first attended Sibweld and Gouge Dry Cleaning in Mooroopna before heading into Shepparton to Bridgestone Service Centre and back to Tatura’s Trevaskis Engineering.
Lions Club president Doug Tuhan said the program started through local bus driver Paul Newman.
‘‘He came to us and suggested we run a program targeting primary school students because it’s too late to start once they’re in secondary school,’’ Mr Tuhan said.
The group enjoyed the day out, stopping for morning tea, meeting the cows at Shepparton’s Chinese Garden and then lunch at Cussen Park, Tatura.
Mr Tuhan said he was amazed by the scale of the work at Gouge Dry Cleaning.
‘‘They explained to the students what sort of money they could be earning if they needed to save for uni,’’ he said.
Throughout the years of running the program, Mr Tuhan said he was most fond of the moment when a student from Harston Primary School said to him, ‘‘I’m never going to work, Mum and Dad have never worked’’.
‘‘That day we visited Leocata’s Transport, which changed his mind, and if that’s one student we can help, it’s worth it,’’ he said.
Last stop: Tatura Primary School students finished off their excursion at Trevaskis Engineering.
Business visits: Ten students enjoyed a day out on Friday visiting local businesses.