Mooroopna, Toolamba and Tatura primary school students will benefit from new sporting equipment, thanks to a combined $1300 donation from Mooroopna Kiwanis Club and Sportsmans Warehouse.
Now in its fourth year, the sports awards program provides encouragement awards to students who would otherwise drop out of sporting programs.
Kiwanis board member Cedric Hall said the idea came about after consultation with principals in the area.
‘‘These principals said the more successful students at sport were well supported by their parents,’’ Mr Hall said.
‘‘These awards are aimed at students who might drop out, or who need a little bit more encouragement.’’
The sports awards are awarded to students from years 3 to 6 at St Mary’s, Mooroopna Park, Mooroopna, Tatura and Toolamba primary schools.
Mooroopna Park Primary School principal Hayden Beaton said the school had been involved with the program for three years and had received a great response from students.
‘‘The vouchers go towards students with families that are struggling financially,’’ Mr Beaton said.
‘‘They may assist with sporting goods, clothing and equipment, so these kids can get involved in sport, which helps their fitness, health and social skills.’’
Mr Hall said the Kiwanis welcomed Tatura and Toolamba primary schools into the program this year.
‘‘The principals at these schools were more than happy to go along with it... hopefully in the future we can include more schools,’’ he said.
‘‘We believe it continues to make a difference and is a great way to help local children.’’
- Liz Mellino