PUPILS at St Patrick’s Primary School in Bega soon will be seeing green after the school recently received a Mitre 10 Junior Landcare Grant to undertake an environmental project.
St Patrick’s will use the grant to deal with problems of erosion on the playground adjacent to the old convent.
Some trees were removed recently and the area now will be revegetated.
The Mitre 10 Junior Landcare Grants Program, developed by Landcare Australia and Mitre 10, is one of Australia’s largest ever action-oriented environmental education programs.
The program will distribute hundreds of grants to schools and youth groups across the country.
St Patrick’s principal, Gerard McGilvray, said the grant would be a major boost for the school’s environmental program.
“It is very difficult for many schools to find money for things like environmental initiatives so the Mitre 10 Junior Landcare Grants Program will be a huge help to those schools who normally could not afford to get students involved in environmental projects,” Mr McGilvray said.
Hundreds of grants will be allocated across Australia making this one of the most substantial and far-reaching educational programs ever undertaken.
Most grant applications are expected to have a value of up to $500 and are more likely to be successful if they:
* Involve the school community or broader local community;
* Have determined educational outcomes with an environmental focus;
* Are well planned and documented;
* Link with a community Landcare Group; and
* Are student-oriented and allow maximum student involvement.
The program assessment dates are aligned with the State school calendars.
Successful applicants will need to spend the grants funds within the calendar year that the funding was received. However, the actual project may be ongoing.
Further information about the grants program is available on the Landcare Australia and Mitre 10 websites (www.landcareaustralia南京夜网.au or www.mitre10南京夜网.au) or by phoning Landcare Australia on 1800 151 105.
Landcare Australia Chief Executive Officer, Brian Scarsbrick, said the program would help to develop an environmental ethic among thousands of young Australians.
“The nature of the Mitre 10 Junior Landcare Grants Program encourages ownership through involvement as kids not only learn how to help care for our environment, but are provided with the resources to participate in local Landcare projects,” Mr Scarsbrick said.
Mitre 10 Group general manager (marketing), Ian Tyson said Mitre 10 and Landcare had started what would become Australia’s largest home improvement project ever.
“Mitre 10 is involved in home improvements for our customers and we believe that by involving Australian youth in helping to improve the environment, we will be able to make a difference to our planet which is home for all of us,” Mr Tyson said.
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