Students farmers for a day

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DRESSING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE… From left (back), Izzy Barker, grade 4, Melanie Handley, grade 6 and Lennix Ponting, grade 2. (Middle), Jedd Loffel, grade 3, Beau Lummas, grade 4 and Harry Barker, grade 3. (Front), Ruby Madill, grade 3 and Lilli Blake, grade 2 were among students from Ardmona Primary School to dress as a farmer for a day on Friday last week to help raise funds for the drought affected farmers in NSW. Photo: David Lee.
DRESSING UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE… From left (back), Izzy Barker, grade 4, Melanie Handley, grade 6 and Lennix Ponting, grade 2. (Middle), Jedd Loffel, grade 3, Beau Lummas, grade 4 and Harry Barker, grade 3. (Front), Ruby Madill, grade 3 and Lilli Blake, grade 2 were among students from Ardmona Primary School to dress as a farmer for a day on Friday last week to help raise funds for the drought affected farmers in NSW. Photo: David Lee.

Every little bit helps affected farmers

BEING in a region that was built on the agriculture sector, we all know the importance of doing all you can to lend a hand to farmers when they are in need. With the drought currently affecting farmers in NSW reported to be one of the worst to hit the area in 400 years, one local school has jumped on board to do what they can, with students at Ardmona Primary School dressing as farmers last week to help raise funds for the Buy-A-Bale Campaign.

The school’s 24 students donned their akubra hats and checked shirts raising funds that the school then matched to see a total of $170 that will go directly towards helping farmers in need.

Education support staff member, Michael Van Dorsser said, “The idea came about in a staff meeting and following some brain storming we decided that this was a fun way for the students to help give back.

“The Goulburn Valley has a large farming community and we have seen them go through floods, fires and drought, so we wanted to do something for the farmers in NSW.

“The students loved it and of course were happy to have the opportunity to dress up for a good cause.

“When you look at it, $20 buys a small bale of hay, so every little bit helps.”

Principal, Jean Varty said that the day provided a great opportunity for the school to do something to give back to the community.

“It (the drought) is a real topical issue at the moment and it is something small that we can do to give back to the community,” Jean said.

“The school is working towards building a great community atmosphere in the Ardmona area and this is one way where we can help out and build a positive feel around the place.”