School vegetable gardens, agricultural programs, mental health programs and learning resources at schools across regional and rural Australia will receive a boost thanks to funding through the 2022 CRT Primary Schools Program.
The inaugural program will see Primary School Parents and Friends Associations (P&Fs) share in $50,000.
CRT General Manager Greg O’Neil says they are overwhelmed by the response of the program in its first year.
“Our teams and customers across the country are very passionate about supporting the incredible work of our local volunteer organisations. This program is focused on recognising the important role P&F associations play in supporting the growth and development of the next generation. CRT is proud to provide a helping hand to support projects that will have a big impact on these small schools,” Mr O’Neil says.
“We received more than 300 applications this year which made it really difficult for the selection panel to narrow that down to our 25 successful applicants.”
Mr O’Neil says this years’ funding will support literacy resources, community gardens, sporting equipment, excursions, and cultural engagements for students.
“With Covid resulting in the cancellation of many community events over the past two years, we know this has impacted the ability for volunteers to fundraise in their local communities. So, we are very proud to support a wide range of school initiatives through the CRT Primary Schools Program,” Mr O’Neil says.
“We have lots of P&F associations keen to create vegetable and kitchen gardens for students, which is a great way of helping students understand the process of growing food. One school will use the funding to purchase a heifer for their cattle club agricultural program, and others will invest in learning resources or swimming safety lessons.”
The CRT Primary Schools Program will return in 2023. For a list of successful applicants visit: https://www.crt.com.au/primary-schools-program/
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