PETERBOROUGH Special School received a cheque for more than $7000 last week to help create a safer environment for students.
The donation was a collective effort by Minnamurra Lions Club [$500], Kiama Game Fishing Club [$2500] and State Government [$5223]. The money was presented by Kiama MP Gareth Ward.
The Warilla school provides education students with special needs aged from four years old to Year 12 . The donations will go towards upgrades for the outdoor area with soft wall turf to replace bark chips.
Peterborough principal Sue Corkey said the upgrade would greatly improve the school’s overall safety and help to get teachers to focus on student productivity.
“Our priority is making this school play-safe and the new surface will do that,” Mrs Corkey said.
“Before the area was covered with bark chips, now we will be able to use the area as more of a creative space for a variety of different play programs.
“The fishing club and Lions groups come on board to help us with various school projects every year.”
President of the Kiama Game and Fishing Club Mark Way said the club had worked with the Minnamurra Lions Club to help raise the money through its Children’s Charity Fish competition held in Kiama.
“We have targeted this school because of its obvious needs,” Mr Way said.
“Now the children of this school have a safe area where they can play, which will alleviate pressures for the teachers to focus on helping to build their education.
“Everybody around the region will benefit from this because the students come from throughout the entire region.”
Mr Ward said he was pleased the government got on board to support the school and help to better the unique needs of the school for the whole community.