25 primary schools across regional and rural Australia will receive a boost thanks to funding through the 2023 CRT Primary Schools Program.
Now in its second year, the program will see Primary School Parents and Friends Associations (P&Fs) share in $50,000.
CRT General Manager Greg O’Neil says applications have been overwhelming.
“We received more than 170 applications this year which made it really difficult for the selection panel to narrow that down to our 25 successful applicants.”
“CRT stores are local employer in many regional communities across Australia, and schools also play a vital role in these communities. This program is focused on recognising the important role P&F associations play in supporting the growth and development of the next generation,” Mr O’Neil says.
“We believe an investment in primary schools is an investment in a smart, strong, confident outlook for regional Australia.”
Mr O’Neil says this years’ funding will support after school care programs, gardening equipment, sporting and creative arts programs, indoor and outdoor learning equipment, excursions, emotional regulation equipment and learning resources for students.
“We’re continuing to see many P&F associations keen to create vegetable gardens and greenhouses with students, as well as worm farms and chicken and goat pens. This is a fantastic way for students to build a connection to food and agriculture, and immerse themselves in the outdoors.”
“We’re also pleased to see a number of schools installing cool water dispensers and upgrading their outdoor play equipment, as well as using the funding towards important learning resources.”
The CRT Primary Schools Program will return in 2024.