Aussie Kindies Kyabram go above and beyond, raising $870 for community project

by Freya Lucas

January 27, 2021

The children, families and educators of Aussie Kindies Early Learning Kyabram exceeded expectations in 2020, raising over $870 for the Kyabram Water Tank Project, which aims to paint a mural in the town to attract more visitors, building on the success of the Silo Art Trail.

 

Children completed a number of arts and crafts projects, which were sold off in auctions to parents and friends, giving them hands-on experience in creating something of value and contributing to their community. 

 

As well as selling their art works, some of which went for $50 or more, the children raised funds through selling indoor plants and reindeer food. To support the children in their endeavours, Aussie Kindies approved provider, Affinity Education Group, contributed $500 to the fundraising effort. 

 

Karen Brumby, an educator at the service, said participating in the fundraising was a rewarding experience for the children. 

 

“Creating that sense of belonging and the connection to community was the most important thing. Getting involved with a local project was the perfect way for our children to experience that,” she said.

 

Thanks in part to the efforts of the children and families, the mural is now at painting stage, and the service hopes to take the children on an excursion to view the mural once complete, closing the circle, and allowing them to see their efforts brought to life. 

 

“We have a lot of new children this year,” Ms Brumby said, “so we will start to talk to them about the project and show them some photos, just like the children we had last year.” 

“The connection with the community has been really good. It feels really nice to have that and to pass it along to the children. We’ll definitely be keeping our eyes open for different things we can support and be a part of.”

Coverage of this story first appeared in the Riverine Herald, written by Jared Prestwidge.

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