Art show and fes­ti­val suc­cess

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

A mas­sive vol­un­teer­ing and com­mu­nity ef­fort be­hind the 29th Pomonal Art Show and Fes­ti­val has helped raise thou­sands of dol­lars to sup­port the town’s youngest aca­demics.

The three-day event, which in­cluded an art show, auc­tion and fam­ily fun day, is an an­nual fundraiser for Pomonal Pri­mary School.

Prin­ci­pal Belinda Wethers said 10 vol­un­teer­ing fam­i­lies con­trib­uted a com­bined 250 hours lead­ing up to and across the week­end, help­ing to raise a pre­dicted $15,000.

She said the money would be used to en­hance lit­er­acy re­sources and art pro­grams, en­sur­ing the school could con­tinue to of­fer its 15 stu­dents qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion.

“The art show makes a re­ally im­por­tant dif­fer­ence to our bud­get,” she said.

“We have a lot of in­put from par­ents. We run a sur­vey and put ideas on the ta­ble to see how they would like the money dis­pensed, be­cause it is es­sen­tially the par­ents’ project.

“Cer­tainly, a per­cent­age goes towards camps and ex­cur­sions.

“We re­ally value tak­ing the chil­dren on ad­ven­ture trips and link­ing that learn­ing with their class­room cur­ricu­lum.

“A big fac­tor as well pro­gram.

“We have a spe­cial­ist art teacher who comes to the school ev­ery fort­night. is our art

“We wouldn’t be able to of­fer that with­out these funds.

“The money will help us keep ex­ist­ing staff and also sup­port stu­dents with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties.”

Mrs Wethers said she was grate­ful for com­mu­nity gen­eros­ity and the sup­port of re­gional busi­nesses.

“We very much ap­pre­ci­ated Spirit of Pun­jab who sup­plied a curry lunch, and all the busi­nesses who pro­vided auc­tion items as well,” she said.

“All the peo­ple who par­tic­i­pated were very gen­er­ous with their do­na­tions and we are very happy with how it went.”

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