City kids do their bit to help out lo­cal ones

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SCHOOL stu­dents from Bris­bane have done their bit to help out strug­gling ru­ral stu­dents, with Hebel State School reap­ing the ben­e­fits.

For­mer prin­ci­pal of the small school, Meaghan Rodgers, is now based at Jin­dalee State School.

She teamed up with sur­round­ing schools to raise funds to help out their coun­try coun­ter­parts.

Hebel prin­ci­pal Cath Car­goni said all the money that had been do­nated to her school would go to­wards re­sources for the eight stu­dents en­rolled next year.

“They have do­nated $1040 to us,” she said.

“The kids here think it’s just so great, they’re re­ally thank­ful some­one is help­ing their ed­u­ca­tion – sta­tionery and book packs can re­ally add up.”

Ms Cargnoni said it was a great in­cen­tive, al­low­ing chil­dren to con­nect from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try and recog­nise the needs of others.

“It was be­cause of Meaghan hav­ing been out here that this all came about,” Ms Car­goni said.

“Bris­bane stu­dents wouldn’t have any idea where Hebel was or that it would be a town big enough to have a school and a school with only seven or eight stu­dents at that.”

Ms Cargnoni said it re­ally demon­strated a level of mate­ship and un­der­stand­ing of which the stu­dents should be proud.

“The pro­duce that their fam­i­lies cre­ate are go­ing to­wards the cities,” she said.

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