Work vis­its

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

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.

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