TWO South Australian schools will share in a $50,000 fund aimed at lending a helping hand to rural and regional primary schools' Parents and Friends Associations.
School vegetable gardens, agricultural programs, mental health programs and learning resources are just some of the initiatives that will receive a boost thanks to the program program.
The inaugural CRT Primary Schools Program named Penola Primary School and Pinaroo Primary School among the 25 schools across the country sharing in the funding.
CRT general manager Greg O'Neil said the company was 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," he said.
"This program is focused on recognising the important role P and 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.
"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 said the funding would 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," he said.
"We have lots of 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."
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